Biomass Pyrolysis

Biomass Pyrolysis is the thermo-chemical decomposition of organic materials by heating in the absence of oxygen. Controlled pyrolysis has been approved by the UN as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for avoidance of methane production from biomass decay. (Source: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change PDF)

Gasification and burning of fossil fuels
is at best, carbon neutral.

burning of biomass

Burning of biomass at best sequesters only 3% of the initial carbon.

Dedicating land to biofuels increases carbon emissions.  In fact, ccorn-based ethanol can double greenhouse gas emissions over 30 years. (Searchinger et al. 2008, Science)  

Biomass Pyrolysis
is carbon negative!

biomass pyrolysis

  • Sequesters up to 50% of the initial carbon (C) input and returns it to the soil.
  • The initial loss of C is used for energy production to offset fuel use. 
  • Can use agricultural residues but DOES NOT require new crops to be grown to fuel the process

A Wide Variety of Biomass Can Be Converted Into Biochar:

A wide variety of biomass can be converted into biochar