Biochar Solutions, Inc.Â is creating a franchise network that â€˜up-cyclesâ€™ low-value biomass into energy and engineered carbon negative soil amendments. Through the sale of flexible, packaged solutions that include process equipment, proprietary licenses for material upgrading, and collectively branded products and services, Biochar Solutions facilitates the transfer of shared knowledge across its network.
Fundamentally, Biochar Solutions turns carbon liabilities into carbon assets. Biochar Solutionsâ€™ uniqueness lies in its focus on regional distribution, a flexible process platform that accepts various forms of biomass, and a secondary biochar upgrading Â platform to engineer materials for different end uses. The organization has already developed, tested, and deployedÂ biochar technologies to restore drastically disturbed soils in the agriculture and mining sectors.
Biochar Solutions was recently a finalist in the Virgin Earth Challenge (VEC) â€“ the largest science and technology prizeÂ in history. The contest encouraged participants toÂ sustainably remove one billion tons of carbon from the atmosphere annually. This prize was awarded, in part, based on Biochar Solutionsâ€™ successful pilot project to reclaim mine site tailings (mine refuse) using locally made biochar. Biochar Solutions partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to launch the pilot project at the Hope Mine, Â which lies south of Aspen, Colorado. This trend-setting initiative helped begin the biochar mine-site reclamation industry in North America.
The founders of Biochar Solutions envision energy independence, improved soil fertility, increased crop yields, increased soil moisture, contaminant clean-up, carbon sequestration, and distributed production capacity as the long term contributions of the organization. Their hope is to fundamentally transform how people use low-value biomass by installing cradle-to-cradle technology solutions that result in distributed bioenergy and carbon negative soil amendment materials generation. They believe distributed biochar production platforms are a means to begin addressing the challenges of climate change, energy security, soil fertility, and fresh water availability today. Â