A “Carbon Dioxide Negative” Project
for Western Massachusetts
The need to produce energy from other than fossil fuel sources and to
reduce adding carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere has been
documented. The Step-It-Up group in Belchertown, MA is conducting a
project with three-fold advantages:
♦ It will utilize renewable agricultural sources (waste wood,
grasses, etc.) which will remove CO2 from the air by
♦ A controlled amount of this will be used to generate power, but
most will be converted to “:bio-char”, an inert form of carbon which
is not returned to the atmosphere.
♦ This bio-char is being mixed with fertilizer and added to soil where
it has been shown to benefit agriculture.
By this means, CO2 from the air is converted to an inert form of solid
carbon, which is believed to remain in the soil for an extended time period.
No external source of energy is needed and there is the possibility for
generating additional power usable for cogeneration. There should be a
benefit to the environment, an aid to agriculture, and a benefit to the
Massachusetts economy with no great “up front” cost.
Test agricultural plots are currently testing this technique. It is proposed
that a joint effort be carried out to expand this effort, at first in Western
Massachusetts, but then, if successful to more extended regions.
Support of the order of $200,000 to $500,000 is needed to establish a
For the Step-It-Up group, led by Dr. Alan Page, Belchertown,
Richard S, Stein
Goessmann Professopr of Chemistry, Emeritus
University of Massachusetts,. Amherst