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IRSI, Recognizing Trends in Clean Waste Reduction

November 26, 2016


Innovative Reduction Strategies Inc (IRSI) began operations in 2014 designing and fabricating pyrolysis systems from Edmonton, Alberta. IRSI recognized an opportunity in the waste management industry to utilize innovative approaches for waste reduction while simultaneously recognizing an opportunity in the bio-industrial space for large-scale biochar production.


Pyrolysis is the thermal decomposition of organic materials in the absence of oxygen. The IRSI Ulysses pyrolysis system has improved upon incumbent technologies in a variety of ways. The overall design of the system is aimed at minimizing operating costs to ensure that clients, whether their goal is to reduce waste streams or produce high value biochar, can do so in the most cost efficient way. In a volume reduction scenario the Ulysses system is able to utilize a wide variety of feedstock, with the only limitations being on the moisture content and composition of the material and particle size.


Also both waste reduction and biochar production scenarios provide opportunities to quantify significant carbon offsets. For every ton of organic waste that is kept out of a landfill a minimum 1.1 CO2 equivalent offsets can be measured and for every ton of biochar produced a minimum 2.0 CO2 equivalent offsets can be further quantified. Therefore the standard Ulysses system CO2 equivalent offsets can total between 10,000 and 22,000 tons per year.


In addition, the Ulysses system produces a tremendous amount of thermal energy and future iterations of the system have the potential to access 7 to 8 MW of useable thermal energy for large thermal loads or district heating, which represents another revenue stream available to clients.



With four revenue streams, the Ulysses pyrolysis system makes the most of waste minimization, repurposed value for quality biomass, greenhouse gas reduction, and sustainable energy production. With the commencement of IRSI’s flagship project in Drayton Valley, Alberta, IRSI will quickly become one of the largest producers of consistent, quality biochar in Canada. The applications for biochar include; organic growth medium, soil amendment, sustainable energy source, food additive, and source material for grapheme production. Being a carbon rich porous structure the potential for biochar has only been glimpsed so far and future processes, products, and technologies will be developed out of this high value bio-industrial material. 


IRSI is excited to begin supplying the biochar industry throughout North America and the rest of the world with a consistent, high value biochar to progress and further solidify these marvellous applications.


Working closely with Alberta Innovates, Inno Tech, the Industrial Research Assistance Program, the Clean Energy Technology Centre, and the Town of Drayton Valley, IRSI is progressing towards the successful demonstration and validation of the Ulysses technology and the associated testing of the biochar end product. IRSI welcomes all interested parties to contact our team, through our website ( or email (, for further information or tours of the facility.


As John D. Rockefeller once said, “if you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” 

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