Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.84
Liaison Careen Arsenault
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2019
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Cornell University
IN-27: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Sarah Zemanick
Director, Campus Sustainability Office
FS - Energy & Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Pyrolysis Kiln

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

On May 24th, Cornell opened its pyrolysis kiln, the largest of its kind at any US University. The kiln, which was designed and built by Full Circle Biochar, creates an earth-friendly biochar which boosts fertility of soil and helps retain water in dry soil and promotes drainage in soil that is too wet. This pyrolysis kiln is unique for an academic institution because it is commercial size, which allows exploration of the economic feasibility of eco-friendly, biomass-based materials on the industrial level. This machine can transform 100 pounds of biomass waste per hour and make biofuels and biochar. This innovation is important because “It’s a compelling alternative to fossil fuels especially in those global regions that have limited access to transportation fuels and where crop production relies on boosting carbon in soil.”


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Research
Energy
Waste

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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