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1 Please for a copy of the Excel Model visit to download

2 5-ton Challenge Purpose: Provide tool for project developers to determine most economic biomass use Provide Apples-to-Apples framework to compare ALL biomass options Allow determination of the best use of biomass resources

3 Many Choices

4 Decision Process ( Simplified) Step 1: Opportunity Identification Project Location & Feedstock Availability Potential Technology Options Step 2: Technical Evaluation Technology Suitability Operational Capability/Desirability Assessment Step 3: Economic Evaluation Capital Requirements Operational Economics Profitability Potential

5 Apples – to –Apples Question: What is the common element present among all potential biomass projects? INPUTS

6 Processes Compared 5 General Classes of Biomass Processing Composting Biopower (gasification) Biochar Only Energy & Char (optimized for Power) Interra Energy w/Biochar (optimized for Biochar)

7 Decision Tool Design Please for a copy of the Excel

8 Relevant Assumptions Waste feedstocks only 5 dry tons/hour or 37,500 dry tons/year All products sold wholesale (no upgrading) Biochar sale price = $500/ton Electricity sale price = $0.10/kWh Compost sale price = $15/ton

9 Results Interra Energy Biochar Only Composting Biopower Only Energy w/ Biochar

10 Most Important Variables Biochar sale price Electricity sale price Compost sale price

11 Sensitivity Insights Biochar Sale Price –Interra Energy (Biochar Optimized) keeps the #1 most profitable position unless biochar price falls below $146/ton Electricity Sale Price –Energy w/ Biochar best only at sale price of greater than $0.33/kWh –Biopower Only requires $0.78/kWh to generate highest profit Compost Sale Price –Composting requires sale price of $54/ton to be most profitable option

12 Reactor & Dryer

13 Interra produces more biochar and electricity with less equipment. Pacific PyrolysisInterra Energy

14 CompanyThroughputBiocharElectricityCostNotes Interra Energy7200 lbs/hr2443 lbs/hr1,000 kW1,000,000 Cheapest cost per amount of products Genesis Industries 660 lbs/hr231 lbs/hr No, a small amount if the feedstock is pure walnut shells Likely 1,000,000 Burns its gas to heat itself Pacific Pyrolysis 660 lbs/hr200 kw In Australia. Lots of equipment so likely very expensive Biochar Solutions 500 lbs/hr120 lbs/hrNo120,000 Non continuous and no useful gas Alterna Energy 4000 lbs/hr1333 lbs/hr No, excess gas available for heat Up to 1,000,000 depending on size In Canada. Only 3000 hrs/yr. 18 month installation. Continuous Batch Diacarbon2600 lbs/hrNoIn Canada 1684 lbs/hr Competitor Averages: 479 lbs/hr40 kw

15 Company Pressure Pyrolysis Self- sustaining after start up Methane rich gas High continuous throughput Internalg as cleaning Excess heat used to dry incoming biomass Off the shelf parts Interra Energy yes Genesis Industries noyesno yesno Pacific Pyrolysis no yesno Biochar Solutions noyesno yesno Alterna Energy noyesno Diacarbon no yesno

16 Technology FeatureOperational BenefitBusiness Advantage Relatively low-temperature, high-pressure slow pyrolysis. Highest possible yield of biochar. Greater energy density of gas. Highest total value of output products per ton of input. Thermally self-sustaining reactor, after start up. No combustion or heat input required after start up. Allows for electricity generation rather than using gas to heat biomass. No air emissions source from traditional heating methods. Lower operational and capital cost. Removes a regulatory hurdle associated with traditional burners. Methane rich gas created instead of syngas, producer gas, wood gas, etc. Most energy dense gas possible from thermal biomass conversion. Gas can go directly into traditional power generation equipment without modification. Lower operating and capital costs. Gas cleaning within system.Dont need extra gas scrubbing/cleaning equipment. No tar to deal with. Lower capital costs. Less operational cost from gas cleaning equip. maintenance. Excess heat transfer system used to dry incoming biomass. No need for outside heat to dry biomass. Quicker carbonization of biomass due to dryness upon entering system. Lower operational costs. Adjustable throughput and reactor pressure. Control of operating conditions.Product diversification variable gas and biochar properties.

17 Conclusion

18 Thomas Del Monte, J.D./MBA President, Gen. Counsel Eren Yar V.P. of Tech. Development Kenny Key, J.D. Carbon Asset Mgr., Law Clerk Joshua Stone Webmaster, Art Director Deepak Prakash, M.S. Mechanical Design Engineer

19 Paul Forgue, MBA Sr. Director, global consulting firm. Ricardo Cabra, Ph.D./MBA Combustion and flow dynamics engineer. Tom Netzel 30 yr. vet. of energy project development. Darius Sankey, Ph.D. Venture Fund Manager Gene Hirschkoff, J.D./MBA, PhD Special Advisor to the Pres.


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