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Meet Mahesh Talwar of Karr Group of Companies in Panorama City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mahesh Talwar.

Mahesh, please share your story with us. 
We started this project in 2014 to develop a technology to produce a product from wood waste than can change the agricultural practices into more sustainable means and benefit mankind with abundant water, healthier food chain and organic input/output. We initially developed a commercial prototype and ran that for 18 months trying to understand the technology that we developed from grounds up. We were successful in converting wood waste from the local lumber mills into a useful product called Karrchar. Karrchar is specially formulated in our system to produce high surface area material that can have a very large holding capacity for nutrients, water, and fertilizer. A one gm of our material has the surface area of half the football field. It prevents water and fertilizer runoff, therefore saving water bodies downstream and marine life. It sequesters carbon permanently. Our plant can produce enough Karrchar to prevent GHG emissions equivalent of 250,000 cars. We built a commercial plant in 2016 and ran that for two years on trial basis to perfect the techn9ology. We are proud that users have used our product in peanut, corn, nuts growing, tomato, golf course, turf rescue, hay field, cannabis, and berries growing. All have reported production increase from 40-100%, water and fertilizer usage down by 50%.

Our patented technology does not produce any hazardous by products like other competitors, we use internally produced natural gas for our process heating and have surplus available as well for outside users. The plant has a capacity to run 24/7 producing 35,000 cu. yds of Karrchar, We have also developed a complete soil solution and market it as CannGrow, it is ready to use soil, loaded with many beneficial materials and initial batch of nutrients.

The plant, at full production can employ 21 full time people. It can solve California’s growing water crisis and fire danger as well. Mr. Mahesh Talwar is the founder of Karr Group and has an excellent track record of successful ventures in taking a technology from concept to commercial production. He has a MSChE degree and has received awards from U.S. President and California Governor for his work.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No. Struggles with any grounds up technology, delays, cash shortages, frustrations, wanting to quit at times are all common with new venture. We were able to figure out the needed changes along the way and successfully brought it to commercialization. We are currently seeking additional funds to develop a strong market infrastructure for our product.

Karr Group of Companies, LLC – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are the only company that we know that can produce Karrchar without the co-production of hazardous product called bio oil.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Being able to produce a product that can help mankind.

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  1. Sunil Kumar Jain

    September 12, 2018 at 04:51

    Dear Mahesh
    The technology developed by you seems to be of some use for Uttarakhand as it may reduce erosion of hill slopes during monsoon. Also can be used to create water bodies in previous strata. Please send full details with a PPT of the field trails and the working of technology, so that the same can be discussed with the concerned secretaries of the State Government. Presently I am working as consultant for Hydro Power projects & passenger rope way projects in a Joint Venture Company of the State Government.

  2. Mahesh Talwar

    November 2, 2018 at 17:55

    Dear Sunil,

    Please give me your email address and phone number. I will be happy to send you the info you need

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