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What are the goals of the B2M project?
To enable people living in rural areas to achieve energy independence based on the sustainable utilization of sunshine, rain, and atmospheric carbon dioxide.
To support the growth of strong rural communities on a sustainabile foundation of ecosystem conservation and forest stewardship.
To enable rural communities to stop having to export non-renewable resources and young people in order to survive.
To create a way in which students with a passion for the environment can pay off their student loan debt.
To create portable B2M processing plants using modified shipping containers.
To create a non-profit training center where people can learn how to operate an integrated biomass-to-fuel system.
Why is this important?
Around the world, record numbers of young people are abandoning the country side and moving into the slums that surround major cities. As of 2011, more than a billion people were living in slums without access to potable water, sewage treatment, and land ownership.
As the elders left behind die off, the knowledge needed to support sustainable land-use practices is being lost at a frightening pace. This loss of land-based knowledge will make it very difficult to reverse the transition to living in slums. Lacking the skills needed to meet their energy needs directly, remaining rural residents have to rely on extracting non-renewable resources from their land-base in order to purchase food, fuel, clothing, and medicine from outside sources. And as those non-renewable resources are exhausted, ever more people will be forced to abandon their homes and move into the slums.
The B2M project focuses on reverse engineering the technology that will better enable rural communities to sustain themselves by creating energy-dense fuels from sunshine, rain, and carbon dioxide. B2M is not about reinventing the wheel; the technology in question is well established. What's novel is our vision of bucking the "Bigger is Better" trend by focusing on an open-source miniaturization that can enable rural people to meet their needs using widely-available renewable resources.
There's a lot riding on this work; as vital resources become more scarce, resource wars will become more common. That is why we believe that its vital that rural communities be enabled to use freely available sunshine, rain, and atmospheric carbon dioxide to meet their energy needs as a way to stop the current slide into war everlasting over steadily diminishing supplies of non-renewable resources.
The solution is profoundly simple; no one is going to war and risk their life for resources they already have lots of at home. At the heart of the B2M Project is a passion to create a clear and convincing example of how to make this happen.