Cool Planet Energy Systems, a developer of small-scale bio refineries
for the conversion of non-food biomass into biofuels and soil enhancing
biochar, announced today that their biochar soil amendment product "Cool
Terra TM" is being recognized both in the United States and
internationally with certifications and endorsements. These
announcements show the leadership role Cool Planet has taken in the
broad field of Agricultural soil amendments. The recent certifications
complete the requirements needed to begin commercial biochar shipments
One of the First Cool Terra(tm) Biochar Commercial Production shipments (Photo: Business Wire)
"It has been a great year for Cool Planet, and the Cool Planet biochar
research team. After announcing successful field trial results for Cool
Terra TM at the 2013 US Biochar conference, we now have the ability to
produce and ship commercial volumes in 2014," said Rick Wilson, Vice
President of the Cool Planet Biochar Group.
Cool Planet biochar has recently received certification from the
California Department of Food and Agriculture to be classified as a
commercial Organic Product. This validates Cool Terra TM for use in
organic farming, in addition to its role as a high-performance biochar
Cool Planet is also the 1st company with a product to be
certified by the International Biochar Initiative (IBI) (http://www.biochar-international.org/certification/manufacturer_directory)
for having met the criteria established in their most recent standards.
This includes a standardized product definition, testing guideline, and
how the product will be used in the soil.
In addition, Cool Planet has been recognized by The United Nations
Environment Program (UNEP), stating "[We are] pleased to support the
biochar applications in commercial agriculture being conducted by Cool
Planet Energy Systems."
A recent UNEP publication1 has concluded that, "Storing
carbon in soil for centuries while making nutrient-poor soils fertile,
reduce the need for polluting fertilizers, conserve water and prevent
desertification, this ancient technique may prove to be part of the
solution to 21st century problems."
The company plans to continue expanding application opportunities with
selected partners in the agricultural community with its commercial
product release in 2014. With the necessary certifications received and
extremely successful field trials, the company plans to ship thousands
of tons of commercial product in 2014.
Cool Planet CEO Howard Janzen stated, "Our investors have always seen us
as both a biofuels and biochar company. With U.N. recognition and
organic certification from California, Cool Terra TM will see significant
sales in 2014 and rapid growth in future years to serve multiple
segments of the global Ag market."
Cool Planet's commercial trials with California and Florida farmers have
shown accelerated growth rates, and yield improvements consistently
averaging 60%, with input fertilizer and water reductions of 40%,
enabling cost-effective farming in regions that are currently restricted
due to structured drought issues.
About Cool Planet
Cool Planet is deploying disruptive technology through capital
efficient, small scale biorefineries, to economically convert non-food
biomass into high-octane, drop-in biofuels. The process also generates
value through biochar production, which can be returned to the soil,
with the "Cool Terra TM" product enabling fertilizer and water retention
for increased crop productivity, and more robust plant health. The
process is capable of being carbon negative, removing over 100 percent
of the carbon footprint for every gallon used, reversing the
consequences of fossil fuels. Cool Planet's technology has a broad
portfolio of pending and granted patents. Global investors include BP,
Google Ventures, Energy Technology Ventures (GE, ConocoPhillips, NRG
Energy), and the Constellation division of Exelon.
Connect with Cool Planet on Facebook at
facebook.com/CoolPlanetEnergySystems, on Twitter at
twitter.com/CoolPlanetFuels and at www.coolplanet.com.
UN Reference: 1) TUNZA 9 (2), p. 15
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