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February 04, 2013
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99 comments
Fred Delmer
March 31, 2014

By comparison which cultivar is superior for fuel production, #hemp or #Miscanthus. Can you find a comparison of the two so I can promote the benefits of a #hempeconomy.

Fred Delmer
March 31, 2014

I have been advocating on Twitter and Facebook for the rescheduling #hemp for the creation of a #hempeconomy that Jack Herer made public. Making biofuel from hemp provides viable seed, food and medicine as a byproduct. Is Hemp a main ingrediate for a business model for a win-win agriculturally, environmentally, and humanity.
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Gary
March 17, 2014

Looking forward to your company coming to Louisiana. Hope this will be beneficial to the Ag industry in our state and am excited to see the potential benefits of biochar

Barry Hanson
March 09, 2014

When you give the production cost of $1.50 per gallon of liquid fuel what are you figuring as the cost of the feedstock?

Barry Hanson
March 02, 2014

Could you tell me please:
Approx how many gallons of gasoline equivalent fuel do you get per dry metric ton of, say Miscanthus?

How many tons(pounds) of bio char product (Terra-Char) do you get per dry metric ton of biomass feedstock?

Much of the industry, even the oil corps such as Shell, are anticipating a carbon tax or carbon credits. They assume a minimum of $50 per ton-CO2 or $183 per ton-carbon. Are you making these assumptions and figuring it into you business model?

What permitting issues are there, typically, for the pyrolysis process, or any other emissions?

TeveorenReent
March 02, 2014

hello

Mark Schaffer
February 27, 2014

I look forward to filling the tank of our Prius C with a carbon negative fuel here in Las Vegas. We are in a race to stop AGW and we need efforts such as yours to succeed in a big way now.
One irony of your fuel, as long as it truly proves carbon negative, is that the "gas hogs" I curse about could become the greenest vehicles on the road by virtue of using a carbon negative fuel and, in essence, cleaner than fuel cell, PHEV, HEV, or pure electric vehicles.

Mark in Kansas
February 14, 2014

We have an uphill battle regarding our politicians here in Kansas in changing their viewpoints as deniers of anthropogenic climate change. I need to ask if you know the energy density of your product so I may compare to other sources of available energy.

Matthew Kramer
February 02, 2014

I have some experience in creating low carbon fuels-In my jet fuel project I was able to use a foodstock that ate twice its weight in co2 and produced roughly 7,850 gallons of light weight hydrocarbons per AC? cool stuff indeed. I also liked visiting NASA's algae farms nice work. would really like to talk with someone about this? call me I sent you my resume.

Bill B- Oklahoma
December 30, 2013

Here in Oklahoma we are having a severe problem with Easter Red Cedar taking over our open land areas. They draw in massive amounts of water and nutrients while having no real viable use. Would these be a feedstock source worthy of consideration for your process?

Ed Copenhaver A...
December 24, 2013

Do you have a better idea as to the start date for your Louisiana plant?

GM
December 11, 2013

Have you guys ever considered using waste activiated sludge from sewage treatment plants as a feed stock for your biomass fractionator?

Mike B - Racine WI.
December 04, 2013

Biocabon is beautiful. Can you do MSW.

Michael Smith
November 17, 2013

As a native of Colorado, I have been tracking your research efforts in taking advantage of the horrific infestation of the bark beetle in our majestic Rocky Mountains. Converting the biomass into clean renewable energy, thus reducing our dependance on coal and foreign and domestic oil taken out of the ground is definitely an effort which is not only incredible worthwhile, but absolutely necessary for future generations to live on a clean planet that utilizes only renewable, clean resources. Good job and keep up all the hard work. P.S. I an a very experienced IT project manager. I have been in the telecom industry for the last 15 years, but am interested in making a change and working in an industry that I am passionate about, which green energy is on the top of my list.

Al Lehmann
November 08, 2013

British Columbia has several million acres of beetle-killed forest. Have you considered expanding your concept into Canada?

Gordon Hampson
November 04, 2013

Sounds exciting for a place such as New Zealand, what is the smallest viable plant size?

Daniel Bower
October 31, 2013

Congratulations on getting the first 10MM gallon refinery under construction in Louisiana. I understand you are planning to expand to Colorado. This raises a question for me: What latitudes in the USA do you expect will be workable for your model of production?
I'd love to see these in every state, but I am aware that's probably not feasible.

Donald R. Conant
October 04, 2013

What about the use of a bio char process as a replacement to the natural burning cycle in forests such as pine barons? The soils from my observations have some carbon char content. The replacement of natural decay or an uncontrolled burn might be a good source for a bio char process.

Frank Poynton
October 02, 2013

I have a 1983 Mazda with a rotary engine. Every 2 years I have to pass a smog test in order to reregister with the DMV. Rotary engine's are notorious for failing smog tests, hence my car is considered a "gross polluter." Will your fuel help eliminate the requirement and need for catalytic convertors?

Benjamin Pyles
September 20, 2013

I am very excited to learn of your process. Have you experimented with rice straw as a feedstock?

J. Anthony LaCroix
September 17, 2013

Welcome to Central Louisiana! It's great to see industries investing in our area.

Forest Gene Hill
September 07, 2013

How many acres of switch grass or miscanthis would the bio refinery need to power it each year. Since these crops take a little time to establish our time line to start a bio refinery will be?

Chris
August 29, 2013

In terms of reducing atmospheric carbon, each gallon of N100 burned effectively compensates for a gallon of fossil fuel burned. This means that to reverse the contribution of fossil fuels to global warming, we'd need half of the fuel burned on the planet to be N100. That's quite a roll out! Even assuming the most optimistic business conditions, do you think this would be possible? If so, how long would it take?

Cool Planet
September 12, 2013

Please see our founders presentation at www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkYVlZ9v_0o
Where in the future the world will need 750 quads of energy; 250 from fossil sources that need to be offset with carbon negative fuel,(250 quads) and 250 quads from neutral (solar and wind) so we need to introduce between 1/3 to ½ CE fuels not a full 50% and yes it will take 20-30 years to do.

~ answered by Mike Rocke of the business development group

Gerald Giane
August 28, 2013

Congratulations on the announcement of your first commercial biorefinery in Alexandria, Louisiana. We are excited about all the potential job growth your company can offer our State. Good Luck…and as always be safe!

Cool Planet
September 12, 2013

Thanks for reaching out and your good wishes and comments to us

~ answered by Mike Rocke of the business development group

SeveriG
August 27, 2013

Biomass contains a lot of oxygen, about 42 to 43% by weight. I suppose you don't use hydrogen to remove this as water? Therefore it must be removed as carbon dioxide thus removing some carbon also. The best yield of hydrocarbons would therefore be < 20 weight percent as you also remove carbon as char and some light gases. The catalysts you use would then coke at these temperatures and would have to be regenerated. Taking this all into consideration it is hard to understand your very low CAPEX costs?

Cool Planet
September 12, 2013

The CoolPlanet process takes the Oxygen out of the biomass as water ( from combining H2 and O2) as post fractionation and cat column reactions we have fuel (all hydrocarbon/no oxygen), water, and biochar as co-products)

~ answered by Mike Rocke of the business development group

Rebecca Rose
August 26, 2013

Looking forward to your transition to Colorado, when will you begin to post job opportunities?

Mike B.
August 20, 2013

Bio-carbon is beautiful. Can you get 8k gallons per acre with something like Viaspace King grass.

Cool Planet
September 12, 2013

Good question; what is the tons per acre figure that King grass can do ( and it also varies by geography)?
~ answered by Mike Rocke of the business development group

Arnie Hernandez
August 20, 2013

I wish all the success for your company as I believe this would play such an important role in many areas of our life, and I have a couple of questions: 1) How does the carbon released by burning the fuel produced work into the equation for the overall negative carbon claim? 2) How may the government interfere with this technology in trying to regulate, tax and control it?

Cool Planet
September 12, 2013

Remember, we start with Carbon neutral biomass from Ag waste, so it is close to neutral w/o the processing carbon adds; then we bury the solid carbon co-product as a soil and water enhancer so this gives us the carbon negative aspect. The government wants an alternative (to fossil) fuel so I do not think they will hinder operations for us. Thanks for thinking about this.

~ answered by Mike Rocke of the business development group

Randy Merrell
August 10, 2013

The Central Valley is currently being decimated by diversion of precious water needed for sustaining crops. Have you done any long term projections on what a full scale biochar enhancement to the Central Valley farms would do for water needs? This process seems like a farm-fuel tandem win-win for our State.

Cool Planet
August 14, 2013

Our Biochar team is working on this with on-going field trials to look at application rates vs. water saving percent. Projections will take time to quantify.

~ answered by Mike Rocke of the business development group

Aaron Siver
August 10, 2013

Just curios about the energy used to run your fractionator? It takes energy to make energy. No where do you describe how you get to this point. It seems the carbon negative concept is being calculated heavily in your bio char. I'm just guessing this is why you haven't moved onto mass production. I'm not seeing your cost being lower. If your units are capable of making 10 million gallons per year you are a long way off from the current capabilities of a single refinery which does that volume in 3 days? You would need hundreds and hundreds of these units or would you be selling this as feedstock similar to current biofuel applications? With that said what effects would this have on current engine designs? We are already facing challenges with ethanol harming engines. With our government making a push to 15% there are numerous studies indicating this will harm boat engines, home use gas engines etc.

Cool Planet
August 14, 2013

Let's take these one at a time as they are good questions: 1) It definitely takes less energy to make the fuel than what is produced by the fuel or our business model would not work, and we continue to refine and improve the numbers 2) we want to be smaller than a large refinery because our capital costs will be much lower than a big refinery. In addition we use a distributed model and will put hundreds of plants out in the US (400 is the total # projected for the US) as we put the refining plants out close to the biomass and source from a 30 mile radius. 3) our fuel is a GASOLINE blendstock not ethanol and can be used by todays engines with NO changes as demonstrated in our current fleet testing in CA.

~ answered by Mike Rocke of the business development group

okiedokieman56
August 09, 2013

I would like to recommend looking into mesquite trees in the west Texas region. It is a tree that thrives out here and grows more like a weed. I live in the community of Baird, Texas where I-20 crosses east to west and versus. With the interstate traffic I believe a station would be a boom for the area plus numerous diesel trucks. Also would like to know when you plan to go public?

Cool Planet
August 14, 2013

Our 10MM GPY refineries need hundreds of tons per day of feedstock and I don't think the mesquite trees can do that on a renewable basis. We are evaluating when the right time to go public is according to our advisors and investors.

~ answered by Mike Rocke of the business development group

Pat Blake
August 07, 2013

what crops do you use ?

Cool Planet
August 14, 2013

We do not use food crops but can use specific energy crops like Miscanthus, or agricultural waste like corn cobs and stalks (called stover) from the fields. We can also use wood that is renewable feedstock.

~ answered by Mike Rocke of the business development group

Tommyg524
August 07, 2013

Hello CP, I would like ot know when this company anticipates going public. Thank you.

Cool Planet
August 14, 2013

We are evaluating when the right time to go public is according to our advisors and investors.

~ answered by Mike Rocke of the business development group

Donald R. Conant
August 04, 2013

How big is the bio-trash stream and will you need to grow feed crops?

Cool Planet
August 14, 2013

By bio-trash I assume you mean cellulosic municipal waste? We will be able to process this when sorting techniques improve to be able to deliver 100% ( OK 99.98%) processable biomass. We can also use energy crops such as Miscanthus that grow on marginal, rain watered land.

~ answered by Mike Rocke of the business development group

Fred
July 30, 2013

Is Freedom Giant Miscanthus the highest yielding feedstock for the technology?

Cool Planet
August 14, 2013

This is a very high yielding feedstock that we have tested wrt tons per acre,but growing conditions must be taken into account and although some Central and South American plantations claim higher tonnage I have not verified those numbers.

~ answered by Mike Rocke of the business development group

Anthony Wyles
July 29, 2013

I just read about Cool Planet relocating to Greenwood Village, which as an employee with the Parks Division in Horticulture, really represents an entirely new resource That I/we can access.
For the previous 30 odd years I have been keenly interested in carbon in its molecular form (as a nutrient source for beneficial soil microbes) and within the past year, its particulate form as a dynamic new soil amendment. In all of this time I have had marvelous success in the use of high carbon horticulture materials and my recent use of bio char as a 70 mesh water injected product is promising to raise this entire concept to a brand new level.

Cool Planet
August 14, 2013

Biochar is indeed a dynamic new soil amendment for water retention fertilizer/release and microbe plant root interaction. Please see the shortened BBC vid on Terra Preta at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5ClqhA-T8o

~ answered by Mike Rocke of the business development group

Denise Farrar
July 26, 2013

I would love to see your responds to these questions, especially the about mailers Tom asked. I would also like to know how does it work to use beetle kill vs grasses. It seems like you would need different machines. Excited about your company.

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