We are ARTi
9 years ago,
3 PHD students from Iowa State University:
Juan Proano, Matthew Kieffer, and Bernardo del Campo came together to develop green solutions to help farmers restore their soils and help reduce global warming.
But… what is Global Warming and how do they help to reduce it??
To understand #globalwarming, we have to understand what is the #GreenHouseEffect The earth is surrounded by the atmosphere, a thin gaseous layer that allows part of the sun’s radiation to penetrate.
To do this, this layer contains gases called “greenhouse gases” whose mission is to absorb part of the energy received and keep cozy the temperature of the planet.
One of the main greenhouse gases is carbon dioxide with the chemical formula as #CO2.
Over the last few centuries, the presence of CO2 grew a lot, so the ability to retain solar radiation increased a lot, increasing the temperature of the planet.
So… now we know that
TOO MUCH CO2
is one of the causes of this disaster…
But, how can we remove
the excess from the atmosphere?
Plants naturally do photosynthesis.
They extract carbon dioxide from the air and, together with sunlight and water, convert it into organic carbon to grow healthy.
When the plant dies and decomposes, the carbon returns to the atmosphere as CO2.
This is a #neutral #CarbonCycle.
The plant transforms the atmospheric carbon into organic carbon to grow and then it dies, and the carbon is released as CO2 back again.
So here is where
ARTi produces Big machines called Reactors to make Biochar
the biochar doesn´t decompose
This is how we do it:
ARTi uses biomass waste such as oat,
rice and sunflower hulls or woodchips.
Through a process called #pyrolysis, the biomass is heated to very high temperatures and without oxygen, it transforms it into #Biochar: an incredible product that helps to improve the soil and keeps stable carbon in its structure, which prevents it from returning to the atmosphere!
And what is even better, is that it is perfect for soils!
If you look at a particle of Biochar under a microscope, you will see thousands of holes.
These holes work like a sponge, holding water and nutrients for the plant.
They are also homes for good microorganisms that help feed plants.
So, how does ARTi help reduce global warming?
By creating Biochar, a win – win solution both to planet and soils!
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