Most crop and forest residues (biomass) are loose, wet, bulky, therefore making them expensive and difficult to collect and transport. As such, most rural communities are shut out from the benefits of the bioeconomy, and their only recourse is to burn their non-merchantable residues in open air. This creates significant air pollution, and increases the risks of catastrophic wildfires.
We are developing small-scale, low-cost, portable systems that can latch onto the back of tractors and pick-up trucks. Such systems can deploy to rural, hard-to-access regions to locally upgrade and densify the residues on-site into higher-value bio products such as biochar based soil amendments for agricultural applications, biofuels, and chemicals without requiring external energy input. Therefore, we enable rural communities to create a closed-loop bioeconomy locally, allowing them to become more resilient and independent from the potentially vulnerable international supply chains for their key commodities and inputs. Finally, by reducing wildfires and open-air biomass burning, and by allowing these communities access to the increasingly lucrative carbon market for the first time, we also promote environmental justice among the most vulnerable populations.
We work closely with ownersand operators of our equipment and
help them get connected to different bio-product markets.
Our versatile, customizable thermochemical process turns different types of crop and forest residues into higher-value bio products such as chemicals, biofuels, and biochar-based soil amendment products for agricultural applications. The proper management of
non-merchantable residues also has benefits in stemming polluting open-air burning and reducing the risks of catastrophic wildfires.