Friday, 13 April 2018

Biochar Webinar - USA

Agenda - Biomass Magazine's Webinar Series

Biomass Carbonization & Torrefaction Summit

This all day webinar features biochar in 2 of the 4 sessions and has an powerful lineup:

9:10 am – 10:40 am How Biochar Production Can Perfectly Complement Heat and Power Production
Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Tom Miles, Biomass Energy Engineering Consultant, T.R. Miles Technical Consulting
    Overview: U.S. Biochar Initiative, Oregon
  • Jonah Levine, Development Manager, Confluence Energy/Biochar Solutions Inc.
    Biochar and Thermal Energy Production; Product Utilization and Market Examples
  • Greg Stangl, CEO, Phoenix Energy
    Biochar and the Power of ‘And’  
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Where Biochar is Adding Real Value and Finding Marketplace Traction as a Result
Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine

  • Kelby Fite, VP & Director of Research, Bartlett Tree Experts
    Adding Biochar in the Soil Amelioration Process: An Arborist’s Perspective
  • Mark Highland, President, The Organic Mechanics Soil Company
    Adding Value by Using Biochar Soil Amendments in Custom Engineered Soils
  • James Murphy, President/Owner, Waste To Energy Inc.
    Building Markets through Dependability and Consistency of Products
 If you are chasing a commercial future in biochar or torrefaction, maybe the USD150 will be a good investment.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

The Great Change: Just One Word: Bioplastics

The Great Change: Just One Word: Bioplastics: "Any carbon that does not go back to the atmosphere can just chill. It can be a building or a bicycle, it doesn’t matter. Just c...

I've got Albert's blog listed (bottom, right) but I'm pointing this latest post out for all the folks I know who are into the biochar composite future...

Friday, 6 April 2018

Biochar research from Vietnam - full PDF

Application of Biochar from coconut shells to different soils in Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam

Tran Thi Tu(1), Morihiro Maeda(2), Le Van Thang(1), Nguyen Dang Hai(1), Tran Dang Bao Thuyen(1)
1) Institute of Resources, Environment and Biotechnology - Hue University, Vietnam
2) Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science, Okayama University, Japan

"We examined the effect of biochar application to different soils on crop growth, phosphorus and nitrogen balances under greenhouse conditions in Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam. Results showed that : (1) Komatsuna growth in sandy soil less than clay and organic soils. Biochar improved crop yield in clay and organic soils, but it did not improve in sandy soil. (2) Biochar increased P and N uptake in leaves and roots in clay and organic soils. (3) Biochar reduced P leaching; furthermore biochar reduced TN leaching in organic soil. Besides, biochar reduced NO3-N leaching in clay and organic soils. We further study the N dynamics in soil treated with biochar materials."

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Elephant 'smoking' footage baffles experts

Apparently this elephant does not like charcoal too alkali, so can't be for acid stomach upset!

I hear that elephant dung pollution is a serious issue in Thai tourist traps. Maybe someone needs to start biochar supplementary feed program and dung composting with biochar. Every tourist should be required to take a bag home.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Japan biochar research in tea

Returning Tea Pruning Residue and Its Biochar Had a Contrasting Effect on Soil N2O and CO2 Emissions from Tea Plantation Soil

 More research on tea growing with biochar... this time from Japan. Check out the "tea" tag for more posts on tea.

"...Our results suggest that converting pruning residue to biochar and its addition to soil has the potential to mitigate soil N2O emissions from tea plantation."

Our dying soils: The invisible crisis under our feet

Our dying soils: The invisible crisis under our feet

No mention of biochar here... a sad omission for this important subject.
"The U.S. Biochar Initiative is preparing for Biochar 2018, August 20-23, in Wilmington, Delaware. Keynote speakers will include Dr. David Montgomery, who's most recent book is Growing a Revolution: Bringing our Soil Back to Life, ..."

Monday, 5 March 2018