CoolTerra, a new biofuel that enriches soil and decomposes at a very slow rate

Colorado-based Cool Planet’s main business is an innovative biofuels technology, where wood chips, agricultural waste and other organic products (non-food) are heated to very high temperatures without oxygen. The vapours created are channeled into a catalyst and then condensed into a biofuel that is molecularly similar to fossil fuels. That’s an interesting prospect in itself, but Cool Planet has also found a commercially valuable purpose for the organic matter left over. The biochar product, named ‘Cool Terra’, is being enhanced and sold as soil additive.

Cool Terra enriches soil and decomposes at a very slow rate, which means that it retains carbon in the ground for several hundred years, rather than releasing it into the atmosphere. (source -  and