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Humans discovered the use of fire about one million years ago. However, they learnt to speak only 500,000 years later. Since then, biogenic raw materials have been burned as a whole with only a few exceptions. Pyrolysis is another method of generating energy. Substances which harm our atmosphere during combustion, are specifically separated here.

Energy produced through pyrolysis is eco-friendly!

CCS (Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage) describes some large-scale projects with the objective of reducing CO2 emissions using technical separation in the power plant and underground storage. The CO2 emission of power plants that use fossil fuels can be reduced significantly through CCS power plants. Whereas conventional coal-fired power plants have a CO2 emission of 790-1020 g/kWh, a CCS power plant emits only 255-440 g. Besides, the CCS technology reduces the efficiency of power plants. In modern coal-fired power plants, a fuel consumption per kWh of about 24 to 40 % is assumed compared to power plants without CCS technology, mainly used for separation and compaction of carbon dioxide. Special geological formations like depleted oil and natural gas sites are considered as potential CO2 storage facilities.

Critics of CO2 sequestration argue that the compaction may increase heavy metal contamination in the groundwater aquifers. According to a study conducted by Stanford University, the compaction of carbon dioxide may increase the probability of low-intensity earthquakes. Another disadvantage of this technology is that substantial amounts of additional CO2 is emitted for separating, transporting and compacting the CO2. Critics fear that the CO2 level in the atmosphere may even increase significantly due to leakages.

In addition to the industrial sequestration of CCS, there is a possibility of biological CO2 sequestration. Both the methods achieve similar degrees of efficiency. In the industrial CCS sequestration, the CO2 from the exhaust gas is filtered. In the biological CO2 sequestration, the carbon is separated before combustion. The separated carbon is a much sought-after raw material having a wide range of applications.

Industrial CCS technology Biological sequestration (BIOMACON garages CCS)

In conventional power plants heat is generated by using fossil fuels. In the CCS method, most of the CO2 is filtered out of the exhaust gases. Filtering needs a lot of energy and requires approximately 1/3 of the total energy.

A BIOMACON machine generates heat from biomass. A large proportion of the carbon is separated before combustion and therefore cannot form CO2. Approximately 1/3 of the total energy is taken from the system with the carbon.

Suitable geological formations are often located far away from the place where the CO2 is generated. The transport takes place via pipe lines, often over long distances

In the biological sequestration, the logistics is based on the existing infrastructure. Only the carbon is transported. One kilogram of carbon binds 3.6 kg of CO2.

In case of industrial sequestration, the deposit sites must remain locked forever.  Even small leaks of only 1% per year would significantly increase the CO2 levels in the atmosphere.

There are numerous ways to use the carbon. Due to its high porosity, this raw material is much sought-after for water and air treatment and improvement of soil fertility. The carbon remains stable for more than 1000 years under normal conditions.   

In industrial CO2 sequestration, the risks associated with safe and permanent storage are considered as a significant disadvantage. The additional energy required for this technology has only secondary importance in this discussion. In contrast, the energy loss associated with the biological CO2 sequestration and the separation of carbon is considered as the main disadvantage by critics.

Scientists have not come to a conclusion on whether the soil fertility is improved by introducing Biochar into the soil. The positive impact on the global climate is undisputed.

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