Lisa Stiffler of GeekWire reports on a startup that is using ancient carbon-trapping technology.
- Myno Carbon is a Seattle-based startup that is looking to commercialize biochar, a material that is similar to charcoal and was used by ancient civilizations in the Amazon to enrich soil and fertilize crops.
- Biochar is made in a high-temperature, low oxygen environment which creates a material that stores high amounts of carbon.
- Myno is using agricultural waste to make biochar which will then be sold as a low-carbon fertilizer.
- The company is working with a biomass facility in Washington state where it will produce 40,000 tons of biochar annually, enough to remove 100,000 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each year.
“Biochar is typically made through a process called pyrolysis where organic material is heated to a high temperature in a low-oxygen environment, creating a high-carbon material. Biochar was used historically to enrich soil, making it more fertile for crops.”
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