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The Plant

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The Plant Institute (Pat Pending) 

The Plant is a proposed research facility located on the Pacific coast, designed to study and develop advanced power systems that harness wind, wave, tidal, solar, and geothermal energies. The project aims to heal sensitive coastal environments and invest in marine habitats, expansion, and restoration. The facility includes classrooms, labs, and administration designed with LEEDS Platinum certification and will partner with up to 12 universities to offer postgraduate programs in sustainable engineering, architectural design, and water sciences.

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The Plant will create a robust hub for research, education, and innovation in the field of regional and global power sources. It will bring together leading universities and industrial enterprises in a stunning coastal location to tackle a wide range of energy research topics.

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Campus site is self-supporting. All fresh water and sewer is produced and treated on site and does not burden the community, becoming emblematic of the sustainable progress coming from this site.

Program Strengths

Design programming should powerfully exploit physical location. Our proposed plan details the intrinsic natural attributes that support sustainable engineering studies creating a more powerful argument and draw.


This plan has been presented to governmental agencies, city planning, state assembly, local business, coastal commission and state lands commission for extending a terminal lease agreement. In all cases, we received enthusiastic and positive support, specifically due to the limited and authentic program for clean energy and clean water research.   


Due to the global importance for sustainable studies, planning approval is achievable for the supporting infrastructure of commercial mixed use, hotel, housing and retail development. At a presentation to the coastal commission, we were told this plan is exactly what they would consider.

Some universities have reached crisis levels to fund operational overhead costs. Rates have increased for UC California campuses. In August 2010, the University of California, facing an estimated $20-billion deficit in its retirement plan, released a proposal to reduce the amount it spends on employee benefits. The deficit at the 10-campus university system is a severe example of the pension crisis that threatens public colleges across the country. 


A summit was held at the Goggle’s campus to discuss creating a robust pipeline extending from basic research to applied research to demonstration projects to commercial scale-up to deployment of sustainable design and energy systems. Panel included representatives from MIT, UC Berkeley and Stanford University. Ironically, Ecobaun’s development plan, echo’s what this panel has called “Next Steps”. The complete summit can be seen in our proforma.

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