Biochar Resources

Quick Facts

Biochar is a powerful tool in the fight to mitigate climate catastrophe.

  • Producing biochar is a carbon-negative process, meaning the process sequesters and contains more carbon than it releases into the atmosphere.
  • Current practices to reduce wood waste from timber harvesting or forest thinning involve traditional slash pile burning, sending unfiltered particulate matter (PM2.5) and other toxic pollution straight into the atmosphere.
  • Our biochar feedstock comes from recycled wood waste, such as timber slash, reducing overall climate emissions and wildfire risk in our forests.
  • During the process of creating biochar, the carbon in the woody biomass is converted into a stable and solid form of carbon that will not re-renter the atmosphere as carbon dioxide for centuries.
  • When biochar is applied to soils, it enriches the soils and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and water, which in turn lowers greenhouse gas emissions and reduces operating costs related to necessary soil additives and water requirements for farmers and timber managers.
  • Biochar as a carbon removal solution is recognized and supported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
  • Biochar can be used for stormwater filtration, environmental remediation, and as a livestock feed additive reducing total methane and nitrous oxide emissions from manure.
  • The biochar production process generates renewable electricity for the grid.

Biochar Production

FAQs

How do Myno’s facilities remove and sequester carbon?

Current practices to reduce wood waste from timber harvesting or wildfire risk forest thinning involve traditional slash pile burning, sending unfiltered toxic pollution straight into the atmosphere. Post timber harvest slash pile burning, and increased wildfires generate significant climate pollution. Myno removes carbon by recycling wood waste from timber slash and industrial wood residuals then heating the organic material in the absence of oxygen, in a process called pyrolysis, to create biochar.

The production of biochar reduces emissions, and the carbon is concentrated into the charcoal wood. The result is about 50% of the carbon contained within the parent material is sequestered within the biochar product. When biochar is introduced back into the ground, the carbon is sequestered in the soil creating a carbon sink while simultaneously improving soil health, water retention, and plant growth. Downstream biochar application on farms, forests, anaerobic digesters, and stormwater green infrastructure provides additional carbon reductions and drawdown.

How are Myno’s facilities different from traditional biomass pellet producing or biomass energy facilities?

Myno’s facilities are not biomass pellet or traditional biomass energy production facilities. Myno’s primary objective is to create high-quality biochar to remove and sequester carbon.

Our facilities differ from traditional pellet producing or biomass energy plants in that we do not cut down trees for biochar production. Rather, our facilities use biomass wood waste such as post timber harvest slash piles that would normally be burned on-site or left to biodegrade, reducing overall emissions and wildfire risk.

Biomass pellet production facilities also have significantly higher overall emissions and toxic chemicals than our biochar pyrolysis process, which inherently produces very few particulate emissions.

Lastly, the defining difference is that our product is biochar, which when applied back into the ground sequesters carbon, creating a carbon sink and reducing overall carbon emissions.

How does Myno reduce operational emissions?

At Myno, our mission is to remove as much carbon as we can, as fast as we can, at capital-efficient scale to meet strong climate targets and goals. Our facilities and operations are designed to reduce as much carbon dioxide as possible to produce high-quality biochar. Our pyrolysis units filter emissions and utilize the off-gases to produce renewable energy for the grid. Furthermore, our machinery on-site use zero-emission electric technology to reduce on-site production emissions.

What kinds of jobs do Myno’s facilities produce?

Each of our facilities creates at least 50-60 green jobs, and many other jobs in the adjacent forestry, transportation, and biochar application sectors. Our facilities are in“wood basket” communities, located in rural areas with depressed economies and job loss that would benefit from new employment opportunities. Our goal is to expand the green economy to support working families in our rural communities.

How do Myno’s facilities benefit the surrounding community?

Myno’s facilities are in“wood basket” rural communities and benefit the surrounding communities by creating sustainable, green jobs in an emerging sector, reducing local emissions from slash pile burning, mitigating local wildfire risk, generating local renewable energy, and supporting healthy forests and farms through biochar application benefits.

What sort of feedstocks will Myno use in their process?

Myno’s feedstock is comprised of high-volume renewable wood wastes, such as timber slash, hog fuel, and sawdust residual waste from timber mills. By removing the unusable timber slash from being burned on-site, Myno is mitigating overall global climate emission and localized wildfire risk.

What are the applications of biochar, and do they have any positive impacts to the climate?

Biochar can be applied back into the soil to simultaneously sequester carbon, improve soil health, increase crop yields, reduce the need for chemical fertilizers, support water retention, and drought resiliency, reducing overall climate emissions. Biochar can also be used for water filtration, soil, and stormwater remediation, and can be used as a carbon-negative feed additive for livestock, reducing enteric methane emissions released by cow burps, which make up nearly 3% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

What parts of Washington State would be attractive for these types of Projects?

Areas with extensive working forests, also known as “wood basket” communities, with ample woody biomass feedstock such as forestry slash or timber mill residuals are attractive for future biochar facilities. “Wood Basket” areas in Washington state include the Olympic Peninsula, Mason, Lewis, and Stevens County.

Video

TEDx Biochar Presentation
Carbon Removal Benefits of Biochar
Biochar Basics in Five Minutes
Biochar as a Solution to Climate Change
Biochar, the Carbon Negative Revolution
Livestock GHG Reductions with Biochar
The Role of Soil Health in Agricultural Productivity and Carbon Drawdown