A Plan for Reduction of All Vehicle Emissions in the United States
The high growth rate and biomass production of Nile Fiber™ provides us some impressive figures in terms of sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). As a basis for calculation, assume that Nile Fiber™ will produce a conservative 20 tons of above ground dry biomass per acre per year. In addition, about 10 tons per year of below ground biomass accumulates for a total of 30 tons per acre each year.
The growth of each ton of dry Nile Fiber™ biomass consumes about 1.6 tons of CO2. So 1 acre at 30 tons per acre will hold and repair 48 tons of CO2 per year. In large plantations, the impressive Nile Fiber growth rate could remove massive quantities of atmospheric carbon dioxide derived from vehicle fuel combustion emissions or from manufacturing processes. Thus, commercial production of Nile Fiber could provide the basis for substantial carbon credits. For illustration, burning 1 ton of gasoline produces 2.75 tons of CO2.
One acre of Nile Fiber™ will consume and fix the CO2 that is generated when burning 17.4 tons of vehicle fuel (48 tons CO2 X 1 ton gas/2.75 tons CO2 = 17.4 tons of gas). This quantity of vehicle fuel amounts to about 5,800 gallons (assuming the standard 6 lbs/gallon). If we assume that an average vehicle averages 20 miles per gallon between local and highway driving, and is driven 20,000 miles per year, the total gas consumed amounts to 1000 gallons per year. Six of these vehicles will consume 6000 gallons of gasoline per year. Thus, from the above calculation, one acre of Nile Fiber™ will sequester approximately the quantity of CO2 generated by driving six of these vehicles 20,000 miles per year.
Since one acre will consume the carbon dioxide emitted from six cars per year, we can calculate the sequestration capacity of large acre plantations. Assume that we had a plantation of 100,000 acres yielding 30 tons per acre. This acreage would sequester the quantity of carbon dioxide emitted from driving 600,000 cars at 20,000 miles per year (100,000 acre X 6 cars/1 acre).
This shows us that large plantations of Nile Fiber™ could have a significant impact on atmospheric carbon balances. The above calculations show that a single large Nile Fiber™ plantation could hold and repair atmospheric carbon dioxide in annual quantities equivalent to emissions from a whole fleet of vehicles. Enough of these large plantations placed around the world could ultimately stop the damage that CO2 is doing to our atmosphere, leaving little or no environmental footprint from vehicles that are currently driving on our planet.
A 10,000 acre case study
(TFBS) has worked with the University of Washington to study the specific abilities of Nile Fiber™ to capture carbon from the air. These studies have evolved into formulas. Based on our formulas and using a 10,000 acre farm as an example of a biomass crop, the following would apply:
A 10,000 acre Nile Fiber™ biomass farm CO2 sequestration is expected to be 120 tons per acre. That 10,000 acres will then equate to 1.2 million tons of CO2 captured, resulting in the equivalent of removing 210,526 cars from US roads and saving 2.97 million acres of rainforest per year.
These are incredible numbers not only for the simple example of a 10,000 acre plantation, but for the vision of what the future of clean air in our county and others countries could actually look like. These formulas are powerful evidence and potentially a road-map for beginning to restore the world’s air quality for a cleaner future. With countries like China moving to increase coal consumption at a staggering pace, the possibility of balancing the severe CO2 rates that are increasing annually brings promise to an environment already in need.
Carbon Sequestration is the first of several innate characteristics of our biomass. Nile Fiber™ has the ability to capture carbon at a massive rate per acre per year in comparison to other biomass crops, as well as in comparison to standard trees being used for biomass. We all desire clear air today in a world that is falling victim to the stressors of pollution globally, so with Nile Fiber™ having the ability to sequester carbon at a rate of 15 times that of trees, we are now able to bring in a unique leveraging agent. The benefits of our product, we believe, will be a clear choice to businesses in industries that are looking hard for solutions. With government regulations closing the gap for industries like coal to find cleaner solutions for their continued success, TFBS believes that Carbon Sequestration will become a huge selling point.