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|Purpose/focus||Energy technology, environmental research|
|Headquarters||Ponta Delgada, Portugal|
BioNet Incorporated is a private corporation formed in the industrial vacuum following the events of Doomsday. Headquartered in Ponta Delgada, the capital of Portugal, it is one of the leading voices for sustainable development in the global economy.
BioNet Incorporated was founded in 1990 by José Berardo, a noted businessman. When Doomsday struck, Berardo found himself miles from home in South Africa, where he owned several commercial ventures. Fearing the growing racial tensions in the wake of the disaster, Berardo consolidated his wealth and chartered an opportunistic ship and crew to take him and his family back to Funchal, his birth city, in Madeira. There, he began to seek to contribute to Portugal's survival, in what he saw as the most basic building block of modern society; energy, which was sorely lacking in the Azorean infrastructure. To that end, he founded BioNet Incorporated.
The company purchased a plot of land in the town of Lagoa, to the east of Ponta Delgada and erected a factory, constructing simple 50W solar panels. As the population of the Azores and the other Portuguese islands skyrocketed far beyond what their energy infrastructure was built for, BioNet Incorporated soon found itself selling far more panels than their production could keep up with. Over the coming years, they established two new solar panel factories, as well as a research facility in Ponta Delgada.
In 1994, BioNet Incorporated purchased a controlling stake in the wind-power company Aeolus Technology and folding it into the corporation, which was then partitioned into BioNet Solar and BioNet Wind. The division of BioNet Research was established to study ways to make these technologies even more efficient and profitable in the same year. Over the next few years, the company slowly transitioned its primary focus away from commercially sold technology to bigger power stations and installations.
In 2010, the latest division of BioNet Wave was established, to begin experimentation with wave and tidal power technology. As of late 2011, an experimental wind farm is being operated in the remote waters of Frontera, Cabo Verde, to determine the practicality of a commercial design.
BioNet Incorporated is partitioned into three divisions: BioNet Solar, BioNet Wind, BioNet Research,and Bionet Wave. The company is led by CEO Joe Berardo and his board of directors, which includes, among other individuals, the four directors of the divisions.
The original division of the corporation, BioNet Solar is still a major part of the corporation's operations, though its star has waned slightly since the establishment of BioNet Wind. Established in 1988, BioNet Solar operates three factories that produce solar panels of varying sizes and outputs throughout the world. Two factories are located in the Azores, including original factory in the former town of Lagoa as well as another at Nordeste. Another is located in Funchal, Madeira.
The second division of the corporation, BioNet Wind is essential to the operation of the company and primarily provides domestic energy to Portuguese infrastructure. Established in 1994 from the remains of the domestic wind-power company Aeolus Technology, it operates four factories; one is located in Nordeste, and another in Angra do Heroismo, and another in Santa Cruz, Madeira. There is one foreign facoty, located in Praia, Cabo Verde. Over time, BioNet Wind slowly became the primary money-maker in the corporation, and is currently the primary focus of their production.
The third division of the corporation and the only non-profit division, BioNet Research is tasked with advancing the technologies of the other divisions and coming up with innovative ideas for environmentally conscious industry. It operates two research facilities throughout Portugal. The main lab is located on the Ponta Delgada waterfront, while another is operated in the remote Azorean community of Santa Cruz da Graciosa. A number of notable advances in sustainable energy have come out of BioNet Research, including, in 2009, a 14% efficient solar cell.
The fourth division of the corporation, BioNet Wave was established in 2010, with the purpose of harnessing oceanic sources of energy, such as wave and tidal power. Tidal energy was quickly discarded, but the potential was determined to be quite ripe for wave power in the Azores. As of late 2011, BioNet Wave does not yet produce any commercial products, but is running numerous tests with an experimental wave farms in a remote research facility in Santa Cruz da Graciosa.
BioNet Incorporated produces a wide array of products from their three commercial divisions. BioNet Wind is the most profitable by far, but the other two are showing a steady increase in profitability as new advances are made each year. The most common products of BioNet Incorporated are:
- BioNet 50W Helios Panel - The primary staple of their business, the 50W Helios is a sturdy and reliable piece of technology. Designed to be mounted on roofs or in field arrays, it has a 4% conversion efficiency rating, making it a rather clunky, but sturdy piece of technology. This is the most affordable option for public consumption.
- BioNet 200W Helios Panel - The higher-end product of BioNet Solar, the 200W Helios is designed for use in commercial and industrial buildings. It is designed primarily to be placed in field arrays, and has a 10% conversion efficiency rating, making it an expensive but valuable piece of equipment.
- BioNet 250kW Aeolus Turbine - The primary product of BioNet Wind, the 250kW Aeolus is the world's most well-known wind turbine. Standing at 35 metres tall, fields of these have sprung up across the fields of Portugal, helping to fill the sudden power gap caused by the population influx in the previously remote islands.
- BioNet 500 KW Aeolus Okean Turbine - One of BioNet Wind's newest successes, the 500kW Aeolus Okean is a floating wind turbine. It stands at 50 metres tall and has an underwater draft of 30 metres. Designed in 2006, they have slowly been gaining popularity among coastal communities, and now provide a good amount of power across the Atlantic.
BioNet Incorporated mostly operates and conducts business within Portugal; it is the leading manufacturer of clean energy technology in the IGPI and associated territories. Its foreign business is mostly conducted in the Cabo Verde Republic and the Republic of Spain, its two closest allies and neighbors. It also maintains steady business in the Republic of Galicia and the Republic of Corsica. There has been sporadic interest in other nations, but not enough to be worth mentioning.