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SMART thermotherapy solution for varroa mite treatment.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - WarmHive (SMART thermotherapy solution for varroa mite treatment.)

Reporting period: 2019-01-01 to 2019-06-30

Global demand for honey, especially for healthy honey is on the rise and world’s US$2,2Bn and honey market is treated as a healthier replacement for sugar, which we already know is causing many diseases. Honeybees are dying massively worldwide. Bee colonies became a research aim, because of massive loss and lots of diseases kill them, especially varroa mite virus and varroosis, which causes also lots of other diseases. So far, varroa can be fight with chemicals (some of them are suspected of being carcinogenic), which are expensive and not effective as should (some of them around 60%), as well as leave residues in the bee products, which we all eat. One of the most promising and natural therapies to varroa mite is thermotherapy with simple heat. The therapy can get rid of dangerous chemical products and kill varroa definitively. There are systems and all hives which are gaining prominence. However, end users are still concerned behind the warming up and overheating the bees, melting the comb or honey or even become soft enough that the sheer weight would cause damage to the comb construction, as well as the pricing as this technology involves at present. WarmHive is an universal solution applicable to any standard type of hive designed to not require any manual application and it does not need a beekeeper to look after the process as it is in other varroa mite thermotherapy solutions. The special design of our unique bees thermotherapy solution integrates all the required hardware, including security elements, memories, etc. into a hive roof construction, with no constant electricity supply required. What even more important, we make it this technology available for a typical beekeeper because of its price. The aim of the project is to create a cost- effective and accessible device for every beekeeper and for his every hive, a solution for the removal of the varroosis and thanks to that safe the natural bee pollination and beekeepers market, in the same time to maximize the business opportunity in the bee market. Technical and commercial will be taken in Phase 2.
Activities done: 1/Business idea, 2/Concept of a new product to fight parasites, 3/Confirmation of the effectiveness of the treatment, 4/Preliminary market research - self conducted, conclusion: market is very promising.
Phase 1 activities: 1/Feasibility study report, 2/Business plan

Main results achieved so far: Feasibility study, business plan, business model canvas