2024 KCP Application
Floating Island International, Inc
Customers & Partnerships
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Secondary Project Category:
Carbon Sinks (Natural & Engineered)
Social & Cultural Pathways
Transport and Mobility
Project Summary / Description:
FII launched a climate action initiative three years ago. We have developed information-sharing collaborations with scientists and analysts at Yale, Berkeley, Montana State, Waterloo University and Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. In the process we have identified that deoxygenation of water was the primary cause of the Permian extinction (largest in Earth‚ history). The same phenomenon, as evidenced by today's massive surge in deoxygenating Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs), may be reoccurring. FII and its BioHaven brand of floating islands has a history of successful treatment of nutrient impaired water. Combined with our highly efficient grid-based airlift/floating streambed technology, we can transition to solar powered suppression of methane by oxygenating benthic layers.
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How Project Affects Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions:
Reduces GHGs (e.g., projects that reduce sources of GHGs, such as through efficiency or other changes in consumption), Removes/stores GHGs (e.g., projects that capture, sequester, or otherwise enhance the "sinks" that accumulate and store GHGs)
Best Estimate of GHG Avoidance/Reduction of This Project (Tonnes CO2 Equivalent/Year):
Impact on Underrepresented Groups:
As an example, the bottom half of Bighorn Reservoir is surrounded by the Crow Reservation in Southern Montana. Eighty foot thick sludge accumulations have been documented in the reservoir as far back as 1980. Such settings are biogenic methane emitting hotspots. FII has collaborated with the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leader's Council (RMTLC) and its ten member nations on island projects on the reservations, and has a proposal to do so again with grant funding support through a U.S.D.A. Climate-Smart application. With or without USDA support FII fully intends to work with the RMTLC through its Director William Snell (and with his separate Pretty Shield Foundation) on methane mitigation projects from which the Council and associated tribes will generate methane credits. In addition, FII has a number of women and other ESP provider businesses within its current network from underserved communities, and is further growing this component within our international team. Biogenic methane from nutrient impaired water is pervasive, and is almost a "standard" condition in dense human habitation and/or where modern agriculture produces fertilizer concentrations. We humans bring nutrients with us, wherever. The nutrients ultimately make their way to the bottom of watersheds, anywhere water collects, with resulting biogenic methane. Our project provides highly leveraged ability to address the problem.
Research or Economic Modeling
Measurement, Reporting & Validation
FII has been in operation since 2005. In combination with our licensed manufacturers, we have built and launched over 11,000 floating islands. This project provides new tools to combat a major form of methane emission. Based on methane credit valuation of $1,500/ton as of 2026 (per the Inflation Reduction Act or IRA) there exists serious commercial viability that FII and our network of environmental service providers (ESP) are uniquely positioned to leverage. An off-grid system opens vast segments of international markets. Our team includes electrical, biofilm, analytical and biological chemists and engineers, island masters, seasoned administrative staff and environmental service providers (ESPs). Delegations visiting us here in Shepherd, Montana from 48 countries illustrates our potential impact. BioHavens are a unique form of constructed wetland, and when combined with oxygenation technology represent a truly leveraged form of international climate action.