We passed a milestone yesterday, successfully making biochar feedstock pellets from juniper slash. You need to put your geek on to appreciate this - it has been a goal of mine for fifteen years to develop a complete system that will utilize “liability biomass” and turn it into a valuable and useful product. I didn’t have any doubt that it could be done, but it’s a link in the system chain that has been missing.
You know the brush that fuels California’s chronic wildfires? That is now feedstock for an energy and biochar system that will draw down atmospheric CO2, save water, regenerate soils, create jobs, save energy, and make money.
We still have a long way to go to actually commercialize the system. The current version of capitalism that controls everything is geared to support new technologies with a lot of money backing them far more than it supports good ideas with a wide range of benefits.
You can’t solve a problem without first understanding what the problem is.