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TerraPreta

Continuous Pyrolysis Biochar Production
Reducing waste and returning nutrients to the soil

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Develop a prototype of Pyrolysis Chemical Reactor to generate the decomposition of Organic Waste through the application of heat into a Charcoal commonly named Biochar, what is a stable solid, rich in carbon, used to increase the soil fertility to increase the yield in agricultural production, and also allowing us to mitigate global warming by sequestering carbon and producing energy that can be used in the same process to reduce the energy requirements.

Since the raw material to be used in this project is organic waste, and it varies depending on the source, there are a vast number of conditions that we need to evaluate (feed source, temperature, pressure, among others), in order to be able to conclude what is the best performance to be used in the system. At the same time, the main objective is to produce Terra Preta to add it to Usual Soil to increase is yield of fertility, allowing us to mitigate carbon sequestering carbon, producing heat to reduce the energy requirements of the process being more efficient, and the last but not least, contributing to a better green environment.

Handful of Carbon Nature.pdf

A handful of carbon

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The Hannover Principles Design for Sustainability.pdf

The Hannover Principles Design for Sustainability

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County of Los Angeles Integrated Waste Management Plan 2015.pdf

County of Los Angeles Integrated Waste Management Plan 2015

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Methods for Producing Biochar and Advanced Biofuels in Washington State.pdf

Methods for Producing Biochar and Advanced Biofuels in Washington State

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  • 1 × Feeder Stainless Steel Clamp-on Hand Grinder
  • 1 × Scrapper 10" Auger Bit US Post Hole Digger Replacement Auger Bit
  • 1 × Vessel Stainless Steel Pipe
  • 1 × Heating element Resistance Heating Ribbon Wire
  • 1 × Wiring High Temperature Furnace Heater Cable
  • 1 × Casing

  • Collaboration from San Diego and Québec

    Leonardo Zuniga4 days ago 0 comments

    Our teammates from other cities Jesse and Jean are prepping up to start designing and performing initial tests.

    Jesse did some initial tests in an environment with no pressure applied:

    Jean will focus on designing a working interface from a test toilet to the feeder of the system:

    We'll be coming together with Jesse for a full weekend to start building our prototype. Stay tuned!

  • Log 3: We started the 2050 class!

    Leonardo Zuniga04/07/2017 at 06:42 0 comments

    Thanks again to Professor Pabo to allow us into his class. We're now going to develop our work and documentation under his guidance and post them here as we go.

    We're also going to apply to the Supplyframe residency program. Hopefully you'll find us at the lab in the upcoming weeks!

    The BOM is coming up nicely, we're being extra careful to select the right materials thus minimizing our initial costs.

  • Log 2: One team member leaving...

    Leonardo Zuniga04/06/2017 at 02:00 0 comments

    Jean has proved to have an awesome PR personality! We have come in touch with the Professor Carl Pabo of Caltech giving the team a good opportunity to find talented people in the Academia that could help us move the project along. Ricardo will be assisting to the lectures from now on, they're really good (and open to those interested)

    We're hunting down the parts for Mk1 and aiming to start building it before month's end. Unfortunately, Jean is going back to Montreal, but he will continue helping the project while he's there.

    We hope to have you back in town soon, farewell good friend!

  • Log 1

    Leonardo Zuniga04/05/2017 at 05:28 0 comments

    Hi all, finally the team is coming together! Ricardo has just arrived and we're brainstorming ideas on how to complete our design and build an initial prototype that could make the idea more enticing, and easier to explain to people. We're going down the route of finding off-the-shelf parts and limiting the welding component to the minimum possible, we're also discussing what type of solid waste to use first. We'll keep on publishing details about the concepts of our project as we go through them. We'll also resort to this project log entries as a means of sharing our progress... so stay tuned!!

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