Takachar is on a mission to fight climate change by transforming massive amounts of waste biomass into marketable products around the world.
Worldwide, $120 billion worth of crop and forest residues are burned in the open each year. If used productively, these residues represent a $10 billion market globally. Takachar's process can be a profitable way to make economic use of this biomass, while reducing air pollution.
Using a novel concept called oxygen-lean torrefaction, Takachar has developed and patented the design of small-scale, low-cost, portable equipment to convert waste biomass into solid fuel, fertilizer, and other specialty chemicals. Compared to the process of sending waste biomass to centralized conversion facilities, Takachar's system is more profitable by significantly reducing the logistics cost of hauling loose, wet, and bulky biomass.
Dr. Kevin Kung has a PhD in biofuels and bioenergy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2015, Kevin co-founded a company (Safi Organics) in Kenya that produces carbon-negative, high-yield fertilizer from crop residues, improving farmers’ harvest yields by 30 percent. Kevin is a 2019 Echoing Green Fellow.