July 23, 2019
When it comes to biomass, giant reed ticks all the boxes. It’s a perennial grass that grows in marginal soil. It meets renewable fuel standards and sequesters a substantial amount of carbon. Not only that, giant reed revitalizes soil and facilitates an extremely high yield. So, what are its applications? Is there any downside to using it as raw material for products or fuel?
Wendy Owens is the founder and CEO of Hexas Biomass, a producer and distributor of sustainable biomass that can supplement or replace wood in multiple applications. Wendy’s team is dedicated to using sun, water and land to benefit people and the planet through renewable resources. Today, she joins Ross to discuss the process of growing giant reed for use in products or to produce energy.
Wendy explains why giant reed does not displace food crops, describing how it takes up chemicals in the soil and facilitates carbon capture. She also addresses the trees displaced by giant reed, the concerns around bioremediation, and the risk of giant reed becoming an invasive species. Listen in for insight on how Hexas Biomass serves as an ecospecies bank and learn about their partnership with IKEA to replace a portion of the wood in its particle board with giant reed!
[0:54] Wendy’s path to reversing climate change
[2:13] What attracted Wendy to the giant reed
[4:30] Why giant reed does not displace food crops
[5:52] The benefits of producing giant reed
[7:45] How Hexas Biomass serves as a producer and distributor of giant reed
[9:05] Wendy’s insight on the trees displaced by giant reed
[11:08] A comparison of giant reed vs. tree yields
[12:27] The perennial nature of giant reed
[13:47] The potential uses for giant reed
[18:11] The trend in manufacturing around finding nearby fuel sources
[20:38] The Hexas Biomass ecospecies bank
[22:44] How Hexas mitigates the risk of giant reed becoming an invasive species
[27:03] How giant reed crops facilitate carbon capture
[32:02] The Hexas Biomass business model
[34:26] Wendy’s insight on the risks around bioremediation
[38:05] What’s next for Hexas Biomass
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