Modern agriculture has fed a lot of people, but its dependence on petrochemicals has led to eroded soils, polluted waterways and oceanic dead zones. These practices have resulted in biodiversity loss, desertification, and climate change.
However, there is an obvious solution to these problems. The earth’s soils still hold more carbon than the atmosphere and terrestrial ecosystems combined, and can again hold much more. The excess atmospheric carbon caused by industrialization can be transferred back to the soils, via drawdown from improved crop yields and forest productivity. When used as a soil amendment, biochar accelerates these processes, removes the need for chemical fertilizers, restores soil health, and helps cool the planet.
Myno works with forest product clients to gain more value from their residuals.
Innovative new ways to create biochar from these residuals, while increasing the amount of kiln heat these products provide, can be quickly implemented. A byproduct of doing so is an increase in productivity. Additionally, the clean biochar can be used to accelerate the regrowth rate of recently logged lands.
Biochar is a critical component of urban green infrastructure and bioretention projects. It removes contaminants from stormwater runoff and increases the holding capacity of water gardens.
These properties keep plants alive during ever-worsening summer drought conditions and reduce downstream infrastructure and landslide risks during extreme winter rainfall events. Urban resilience in the face of more frequent and severe weather events is enhanced by including biochar as a component in the rapidly growing number of green infrastructure projects coming to our cities.
DCC facilities sequester roughly one-half of the carbon in an incoming feedstock as biochar. The other half of the carbon is converted to thermal energy, which is used to produce steady, baseload, clean electricity. Accordingly, DCC facilities complement other renewable sources of energy such as solar and wind by reducing intermittency on the grid.