Ruby Sahiwal

Founder & Chairman , General Biofuels
Los Altos, CA, United States

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English, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu

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Operations , Strategy Development, startups, Six Sigma, entrepreneurship, Recruiting , HR, Finance

I'm passionate about

Being an antidote to Exxons of the world. They enable release of CO2 and create global warming. I will find a way to create carbon neutral energy.

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Ruby Sahiwal
Posted about 2 years ago
Is it possible to avert global warming by replacing "fossil coal" with biocoal?
In order to achieve market parity with Coal economics in terms of $/GJ I believe we need the following: Biomass at $10-20/dry ton Conversion Process $20-25/MT Capex of $200/MT I believe this is doable. High yielding grasses combined with mechanization can deliver biomass economics. Torrefaction and other processes borrowed from the mining and/or paper & pulp sector can deliver the right conversion processes. Not sure if the Capex piece is doable. I believe that is the key challenge.
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Ruby Sahiwal
Posted about 2 years ago
Is it possible to avert global warming by replacing "fossil coal" with biocoal?
Linda: you are right that old and new coals both release CO2. However, in the case of new coal, the CO2 has been absorbed by the plants to begin with and then released - so it is CO2 neutral. In case of fossil coal we are burning carbon that was sequestered millions of years ago. BioCoal is part of the current carbon cycle and neutral, fossil coal is not. It is additive to the carbon cycle.