56. Micro gasification
Access to affordable, reliable energy is a signal problem of the emerging world, especially in rural environments. With a substantial agricultural focus to the local economy, these communities are burdened with both substantial agricultural waste which is underutilized, and limited space and access to capital with which to either improve the soil or generate energy. And regardless of location, we're all facing the growing impact of climate change. But if these communities can get access to energy, better jobs and quality of life soon follow.
Imagine then if we could use clean technology to increase agricultural production to meet growing demand, but do it without requiring petroleum based crop additives? What if we could turn the waste into fuel, and then into a soil supplement to increase yield in the same footprint?
The result would be greater crop yeilds, higher disposable incomes, lower atmospheric carbon and more sustainable communities.
Use extent but underdeveloped principals of gasification to design and build open source, renewable, carbon negative energy systems fueled by agricultural waste. Use the access to lower cost energy to develop higher value crops and create the economic circumstances to allow broader access to capital/credit markets and education. Use the then resultant "waste" carbon biochar to both sequester carbon as well as boost crop yields and agricultural production.
We have built operational prototype models on the small to mid scale, and with more resources can further refine the designs and quantify the carbon and fuel supplement benefits, while also developing the required functionality to operate in the EU FIT carbon markets.
Why it should be recognized:
Rural on site, on demand energy made from waste products solves the challenges of energy, climate, and capital at the same time. Our success will support the emerging connection between clean energy and agriculture, while improving incomes and access to opportunities all along the agricultural supply chain.