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Each year, each full-size New Energy Biomass Refinery we build sequesters over 1,000,000 tons of CO2 and replaces another 1,000,000-plus.   

Sit with that total for a minute. Two million tons is how much CO2 enters the atmosphere when 225 million gallons of gasoline are burned. Which is equivalent to taking 385,000 cars off the road, more cars than registered in the state of Wyoming, more than all the Toyota Camrys sold in the U.S. in 2019. 

And we can do it every year, at every refinery (except our first, which will be half-size). 

Now, imagine 600 refineries across the grain belts of the U.S. alone. That’s the scope of our vision. Multiply by 2,000,000. Do that, and you’ll see how we can wipe out most all of the CO2 emitted by America’s coal-fired power stations (1,240 million tons in 2018, according to EIA figures). 

Before we leap to what this looks like worldwide, we know you’re consumed with curiosity about how we accomplish all this.

Three answers: 1) the raw material itself, 2) our exclusive refining process, and 3) our resulting green energy products. 

First of all, modern farming techniques are essential. Best practices befriend the environment in multiple ways. But we’re focused on reducing CO2 and healing the climate. So we concentrate on sourcing our wheat straw or corn stalks a) only from farmers near the refinery who b) certify they’re using no-till seed planting and growing cover crops. Of the 2 million CO2 tons saved, practicing no-till and growing cover crops sequester 1,080,000 tons in the soil every year for every refinery. 

When the grain is harvested, what happens to the straw and stalks left behind? About 50% of this crop residue, as its called, is removed from the fields so we can turn it into cellulosic ethanol and lignin. Gathering just this much actually increases the farmer’s crop yield the following year. What remains enriches the soil as well as providing a wonderful check on wind and water erosion.  

So you understand why we emphatically point out that our straw and stalks are not a commodity, not at all like #2 yellow-dent corn grain. 

Second, our exclusive refining process, with Inbicon biomass conversion technology at its core, allows us to achieve near-zero carbon products from our refineries. By subjecting straw, stalks, or sugar bagasse to clean hydrolyzation, we get clean plant sugars and multiple options for further conversion. Low-carbon automotive or jet fuel are great markets now, but future markets are all kinds of plastics—most anything, in fact, now made from a barrel of oil. 

Besides removing the sugars, our process cleans salts and metals from the biomass and leaves a clean lignin. It’s an ideal fuel for generating base-load power because it doesn’t corrode boilers and can replace coal immediately. And of course lignin has many other uses.

We can measure the climate impact. When our cellulosic ethanol and pelletized lignin replace fossil gasoline and coal, that’s another 1,090,00 tons of  CO2 saved. So over 2,000,000 tons per refinery per year.  

One last number. Every year the CO2 replaced and sequestered by just three New Energy Biomass Refineries is greater than the total CO2 reduction of all the Teslas ever made.