Located in Olive Branch, Mississippi USA, Glanris manufactures a patented, sustainable, competitive filtration media made from the world's most extensive agricultural waste product, rice hulls. In addition to sequestering carbon in the biochar itself, Glanris' media can substitute alternatives with higher carbon footprints. Glanris’ biochar offers the adsorptive properties of activated carbon and the metal removal capacity of the most selective ion exchange resins.
The biochar has a carbon content of 44%. Using the latest scientific evidence, it has been determined that each dry tonne of Glanris' biochar sequesters 1.12 tonnes of CO2 for 100 years. A lifecycle assessment (LCA) of Glanris’ production process was carried out by Accend in January 2022. The LCA accounts for all process emissions from the harvesting, transport and handling of feedstock, pile emissions, stack emissions, transport and handling of the biochar on site. Once the process emissions have been deducted the net CO2 sequestration effect is 0.98 tonnes CO2/tonne of biochar.
Glanris started production early in 2021 and has attracted interest from buyers from around the world. The process of verification for CORCs is underway, certificates are expected to be issued in Q3 2022.
Filtration media for residential, industrial, or municipal water treatment.
Fertilizer activation media in vertical farming.
The baseline scenario for rice hulls is that they are left to rot in the field or burnt, releasing CH4, N2O, and particulate matter, contributing to global warming and air pollution.
The revenue carbon finance enables Glanris to develop and grow the business. The company is a start up and has ambitious plans to scale up operations at the site. Carbon finance is an important part of their business case for future investment, as it diversifies their revenue base, and attracts clients to the company.