Joel Callen

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Wed, 25 Feb, 2015

The Australian beekeeping invention that’s making millions

The Australian beekeeping invention that’s making millions

Calling all beekeepers – an Australian father and son duo have set the beekeeping world on fire with their revolutionary invention that has been hailed as “the most significant innovation in beekeeping since 1852”, and has raised over $3.3 million in funding in just three days.

Their invention allows honey to be collected from beehives by simply turning a tap. No, really, that’s all you have to do. Cedar Anderson and his father Stuart have been working on “Flow” for ten years, finally unveiling it to the world earlier this week.

“Flow” is a system that fits into a standard bee box, but unlike traditional frames, contains partially formed honeycomb cells that slope downwards. The bees fill the cells with honey, sealing the top with wax. When the beekeeper turns the handle at the back of the box, the cells split open and honey flows down the hive and out through a pipe.

As if this easy honey collection wasn’t exciting enough as it is, the system means that honey doesn’t need to be processed, and can be harvested without disturbing the bees.

Cedar and Stuart launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo on February 22, with a goal of raising $90,000. Three days later, and with 40 days left of their campaign, “Flow” has been funded by close to 7,000 people already, reaching more than 3,000% of its goal.

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