BioSynEnergy LLC

Turning a New Leaf with Biologically Synergistic Technologies
BioSynEnergy LLC 
 
Dr. Richard C. Newbold 
Managing Principal
 
5247 Point Pleasant Pike
Doylestown, PA 18902
 
Phone: (267) 898-2223    
 
Mobile: (267) 337-3010  
 
 
Biomass Treatment

Biomass (wood, cardboard/newspaper waste, energy grasses, food processing waste, straw, etc.) represents an important renewable source of green energy.

Biomass can be processed into green energy in several ways. BioSynENERGY believes that pyrolysis offers the most environmentaly friendly, efficient, and flexible method for converting diverse biomass feedstocks to energy. Different biomass feedstocks can be mixed/matched for processing depending on availability. 

The green energy products from pyrolyzing different biomass include bio-carbon pellets, bio-fuel oils and bio-gasses - all of which can then be used to produce thermal energy. The thermal energy can be converted on-site to provide clean and cost-effective power for generating electricity, heating and chilling (via adsorptive technology). The entire pocess is very eficient, with an overall energy efficiency approaching 90%. Biomass feedstocks can also be mixed for pyrolysis with different wastes: MSW, tires, plastics, paper, animal/fishery waste, etc.

Green Activated Carbon

BioSynEnergy works with others partners, including a widely respected engineering firm, to produce highest quality activated carbon from biomass. With over 95% of the world's activated carbon being produced from coal, the Company has exhaustive laboratory and empirical proof of the efficacy of a line of activated carbon products useful for mitigating heavy metals and other pollutants from coal-powered power plants/industrial facilities to water purification. 

Terra Preta: Dark Earth for a Green Planet
Another promising application for bio-carbon (or bio-char, which is a charcoal produced from biomass that can store carbon) is in soil amendment/enhancement for agricultural purposes. The practice of burying bio-char originated in the Amazon River basin many centuries ago as a by-product of the slash-and-burn method of clearing forests for farming. Native peoples buried the resulting charcoal (bio-char) an buried it in the soil, resulting in rich, fertile soils that persist to this day.
Modern researchers in Japan and the United States - notably, Prof. Johannes Lehmann of Cornell University - have exhaustively researched and applied terra preta methods and documented the many benefits of mixing biochar in the soil (http://www.css.cornell.edu/faculty/lehmann/research/biochar/biocharmain.html):
  • The extremely high affinity of soil nutrients to biochar (adsorption); and, 
  • The extremely high persistence of biochar (stability).

Beneficial effects of biochar on both soil microbial functions and soil water availability are highly likely but not yet sufficiently quantified to be effectively managed.

As Prof. Lehmann also points out on his website, widespread use of terra preta can be used to address some of the most urgent environmental problems of our time - in virtually any location throughout the world:

  • Soil degradation and food insecurity;
  • Water pollution by agro-chemicals; and, 
  • Climate change.

Terra Preta and bio-carbon together act like a giant, atmospheric vacuum cleaner - removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the form of plant matter (biomass) and fixing this biomass from a wide variety of waste residues into carbon pellets prouced by pyrolysis/gasification and then compacted (densified) – a process that can concurrently produce power as well as pure carbon pellets. Carbon pellets can then be used for terra preta - mixed into soil for enrichment, crop enhancement and carbon sequestration OR they can be burned for clean power. In either case, lucrative carbon trading credits are generated.