By making our stoves pyrolytic. All of our products become CO2 negative. This means, that when using our products, you are sequestering more CO2 than you are producing when operating in pyrolytic mode.
When operating in pyrolytic mode, the end product of the combustion process is biochar. Biochar is a type of charcoal. It can be used as
(1) a soil amendment to help maintain the viability of soils. This helps plants become established even in depleted soils and allows poor soils to be restored. Like a reef, it’s porous physical structure provides spaces for microbes to grow. These microbes break down organic matter in soils and assist in fixing Nitrogen.
(2) A mode of carbon sequestration. A core component of mitigating climate change is the sequestration of CO2. Biochar, when properly created, is inert and holds CO2 in the soil, preventing it from being released into the atmosphere.
“Some of our larger programs are using biochar to reverse desertification. In addition, many of our intended end users live in extreme poverty and cannot afford the wood it costs to cook a single meal. All of our stoves are designed to function using waste agricultural products that can not normally be used in a standard stove. Not only does this mean that the fuel cost becomes less, it also means that the end product, biochar, is of commercial value.
Our stoves can therefore provide a new way to generate income for the end user in addition to being environmentally friendly on the global level.
Biochar can by sold to environmental groups, carbon credit traiding programs, reforestation programs. In some places, such as Madegascar, charcoal making is the only source of cash income. The biochar ban be made ninto briquettes and sold.
Our products are efficient cooking and heating stoves, home furnaces, and CHP units. They are also charcoal producers. Standard charcoal production methods in countries like Madegascar require 5 – 7 tons of premium wood to make 1 ton of charcoal. The LuciaStove technology allows the end user to take between 2 -3 tons of waste biomass to produce 1 ton of biochar while creating 50 -90 % fewer emissions.*
Our products have been created to be adaptable to a wide variety of fuels . Please use the list found on the first page of about us as a reference showing some fuels we are currently using in our biochar and CHP projects.
*Often the CO2 calculations don’t include the emissions releaase during pyrolyzation and production of biochar. Worldstove includes the entire process in our CO2 emissions calculations.”