How it works
Through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with California, Holloway is participating in a BioMAT program that puts clean energy back on the grid of our state. There is a specific emphasis on alternatives to orchard tree disposal because the traditional method of burning old trees is a terrible pollutant and negatively impacts our air quality.
The Aires technology works by using the clean, efficient conversion of biomass into a synthetic gas in an oxygen-starved environment. This process is not incineration, so there are no toxic gasses emitted by the process. Ninety percent of the solid orchard wood chips are turned into syngas, which is used to make steam and therefore, electricity. The other 10 percent of solids become biochar, which is a carbon-rich soil amendment that encourages microbial activity and is proven to increase soil water holding capacity. The biochar is then offered as an amendment through Holloway Ag to spread back on the new orchard soil.