I thought I'd share some ideas on what our biochar technology can do to help with #climatechange, #watercrisis and #foodsecurity.
Many people are concerned and very few have practical ideas on how to move forward. The problems are often intertwined. However, there are many things we can do.
It is now two years since my associates and I established Carbofex (The name is Latin and means the "Maker of carbon").
In that time we have built the largest continuous #biochar plant in Europe, fully operational and in commercial production for almost one year now.
In the core lies a technology which we had previously named a the "Carboniser". Since it is one of the few technologies that can be used to remove atmospheric carbon, we have now decided to rename it the "De-Carboniser"
We have also demonstrated a meaningful way to utilise the energy which is released during carbonisation. We burn most of the produced pyrolysis gas/oil in a hot water boiler. The hot water can be used for heating, cooling or distillation of water in a #desalination plant.
We think this is revolutionary because enables us to do many new things, especially considering our future problems and commitments to the #parisagreement.
Biochar itself improves soil productivity by retaining water and nutrients, but also providing a habitat for soil micro-organisms. This results in improved drought and pathogen resistance producing more resilient plants.
By adding biochar into sand, you can literally turn a #desert into fertile land and restore the fertility of abused soils
Even better, the biochar serves as a permanent carbon sink that will endure for centuries. It is one of the most feasible (and cost effective) ways to reduce carbon from the atmosphere.
Before putting into the ground, it can be used as a growing media in horticulture or a nutrient filter for recovering nutrients and for preventing run-offs and eutrophication.
Water and energy
When you consider that for every 1 m3 of biochar, the de-carboniser plant can produce 10 m3 of distilled water, it get's even more interesting.
This amount (250 m3/d) of water is enough for the daily use of about 3000 city-dwellers. Alternatively it could be used to irrigate a farm to produce food.
Or it could be used to irrigate a desert forest (a carbon sink) and produce it's own feedstock. Alternatively you can use the energy to replace fossil fuels in heating and cooling applications.
In agriculture, biochar can be made from crop residues or energy crops. Even better, it can be made from invasive species that need to be removed and destroyed.
It is possible to use all types of wood but we are certainly not proposing cutting down virgin forests for biochar production.
So there you have it. I just listed a few things that will allow is to several critical things simultaneously:
Capture carbon - mitigate climate change
Improve food security
Produce water and enable food production in dry areas
Control invasive species
Recover valuable nutrients
We are now ready to roll out our technology and offer it to entities working on solving these burning issues. This is all possible today.
Carbofex is out for raising money as it takes a lot of resources to deliver industrial sized plants such as ours. We must prepare ourselves well.
If you are interested in joining our quest and becoming an investor (ping Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Jack Ma, Jeff Bezos & Co) or an end user of our technology, please do get in touch. We think we have something that will be a game-changer (for the better).
We are ready to go.
CEO at Carbofex
(and a die hard climate guerilla)