We are pleased to announce that the BioBiz Competition has selected the two winning projects to each receive $47,500 in startup capital and technical services to launch their small business biomass venture.
Congratulations to Soil Carbon Management Co. and Forestree Collective!
Soil Carbon Management Company has created a unique and sustainable business that uses Sonoma County wood biomass to regenerate agricultural soils and sequester CO2. By providing landowners with a portion of the carbon credits we generate, we help strengthen and preserve agriculture in Sonoma County.
Starting in Sonoma County, the soil amendment that we have created and the education and research we are performing has the potential of revolutionizing soil carbon capture throughout the world.
Soil Carbon Management’s business converts wood chip biomass into Primordial Biome™, an agricultural soil amendment that sequesters CO2 in the soil while improving soil health. Much beyond the Competition, agricultural sequestration of CO2 is essential for the survival of the human species.
Forestree Collective uses robotics and automation to affordably and efficiently convert small-diameter timber into contemporary home products and houses. We leverage and adapt the latest in robotics and lidar scanning technology to maximize efficiency, consistency, and profits from low and no-value timber.
Forestree Collective products are minimalist, honest and zero VOC. Purchasing our products means having a healthier home while supporting a healthier California.
Noble Bioresources, Inc. offers onsite renewable energy 24/7 from non-merchantable biomass. We offer a modular Biomass Combined Heat and Power (BCHP) system for on and off-grid applications. The system’s, “TeoForce®,” technology from Force-Energy, Inc. serves two markets: 1) Supplemental Heat and Power and 2) Commercial Pellets and Briquetting formation.
Bay Area Biochar will convert waste wood from orchard prunings and under story fire hazard removal to a premium soil amendment to be sold through online sales and direct to customers at farm stands.
Sonoma Biomass Company will process woody biomass into several value-add products using mature, commercially available technology. Onsite processing will generate electricity, heat, and soil amendment as well as potentially producing solid fuel for heating or cooking.
Sonoma Sun Pellets seeks to create a new product (locally sourced, sun-cured wood pellets ‘Sun-Pellets”) and replace existing heating equipment with more cost-effective, climate friendly technology. The business will introduce biomass cogeneration equipment into the local food and beverage economy.
Willow is a consumer-facing carbon-negative soil startup based in California. Our first product is a carbon-negative soil amendment made from organic biochar, which turns waste-stream feedstock into a valuable gardening, landscaping, and agricultural input.