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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.