At HELM, we look at three different types of dollars - paper dollars, mineral dollars, and solar dollars. Paper dollars are the sanction currency based upon financial transactions that require the public’s confidence in the economy or government, which can be threatened in a financial crisis, such as, the global financial crisis that peaked in 2008. Mineral dollars are finite resources that are derived or produced from the mineral wealth of the earth. Mineral dollars take the form of coal, gas, gold, water, and so on. Solar dollars are derived or produced through plants grown by the power of the sun on soil that uses regenerative practices that are designed to build soil health. Solar dollars are actualized when plants are converted to agricultural resources, such as, protein, fiber, and fabric. Solar dollars can also be actualized through ecological resources, such as, wetlands, diverse ecosystems, and riparian areas. Solar dollars derived from regeneratively built soils can both potentially be earned forever and potentially increased forever.
HELM offers an array of functional design approaches to help clients take advantage of the sun’s potential to derive a continually increasing stream of solar dollar income. In this way, we are essentially resource managers that prefer to measure success in solar dollars instead of paper dollars. This focus on solar dollars is intended to insulate both the public and private sector from swings in the economy.
At HELM, we offer an array of functional design approaches that embody our ideals and strive to help clients take advantage of the sun’s potential to produce energy efficiently and in a renewable manner. For these projects we act as resource managers, and we prefer to measure success in how much money can be saved with these methods. Additionally HELM has taken into consideration waste-to-soil projects to help bolster and repair the environment. A large portion of solid waste that consists of organic material has been moved to landfills, which deprives the ecosystem of what once was a robust system that benefited from the cycling of nutrients from growth to decay to growth again. Annually, hundreds of thousands of tons of organic waste could be diverted away from the landfill towards productive use as a soil strengthening additive. HELM is working towards making this change a reality and supports this solution to the growing problem of a deprived ecosystem. We can design unique methods to manage various volumes of organic material for conversion to a productive soil use. Life cycle assessments can be developed to forecast marketing opportunities within a local region to generate revenue and restore degraded land.
Permaculture is a system consisting of agricultural and social design principles that is aimed at replicating or simulating the features and patterns present in natural ecosystems. The principles of permaculture are consistent with our holistic approach to engineering. Using our holistic approach to engineering, we can design and incorporate permaculture as part of our engineering solutions design to provide bundled benefits to our clients.View More
Waste to Energy
HELM’s expertise in converting waste to energy is focused on the portion of solid waste consisting of green organic material that can be sent through various processing technologies including gasification, pyrolysis, or a biodigester.View More