2013 Biochar Conference
2013 North American Biochar Symposium
This year’s national conference was held in Amherst, Massachusetts and it was attended by about 250 scientists, academics, technologists, students, foresters, policy makers, politicians, entrepreneurs, students, and just plain interested folks. Conference organizers are processing the many hours of video that were taken of each of the presentations and it may take many more weeks, or even months, to work their way through the editing and upload process. In the meantime, GO HERE to download many of the PowerPoints. This is the same link where you will be able to access the videos as they are completed and uploaded so check back from time to time, or bookmark the link in your browser.
To access videos and PowerPoints from 2012′s Biochar conference held here in Sonoma, GO HERE.
Dr. Tom Goreau gives first the rationale for biochar, then the absolute necessity, in a radio interview. Outstanding talk. (Thanks to Albert Bates for bringing this to our attention.) The video of the original talk given by Dr. Goreau at Tufts University in 2014. A MUST-WATCH!
The Secret of El Dorado — Terra Preta A good BBC-produced primer giving an important historical perspective and the “big picture” vision of how and why biochar can be used.
Biochar: Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle A great new TEDx video by Rob Lerner
SeaChar / Estufa Finca biochar stove demonstration
Ray Gallian of Sonoma Biochar Initiative explains Biochar
The promise of Biochar
The promise of Biochar Part 2 On the Farm
Biochar_ A product for the future
Making Biochar: with Peter Hirst of New England Biochar
Rice Hull Biochar Trial Hangzhou, China 2007
Black Gold Agriculture
Biochar in Costa Rica
Making Biochar for Small Farms
KRCB Radio Interviews on Biochar
North American Biochar Groups
- Alaska Biochar
- Biochar Hawaii
- Biochar Northeast
- Central Illinois Biochar Group
- Pacific Northwest Biochar Initiative
- Pioneer Valley Biochar Initiative
- Rocky Mountain Biochar Initiative
- Seattle Biochar Working Group (SeaChar)
- Terra Preta at Michigan Technological University Working Group
Commercial Production Technology
There is an interesting project in Belize right now with 5 mobile drum kilns that are used at coffee plantations to produce biochar and then move as more trees are pruned, etc and the biochar is left onsite for agriculture. We did a story on their work recently which is available at: http://www.biochar-
Black is Green out of Australia has a mobile pyrolyzer that can move from field to field to make biochar onsite as well which would be larger than the Belize units (more information at: http://www.biochar-international.org/projects/BiGchar).
The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change (Sustainable Agriculture) by Albert K. Bates
Biochar for Environmental Management: Science and Technology by Johannes Lehmann and Stephen Joseph
The Biochar Debate: Charcoal’s Potential to Reverse Climate Change and Build Soil Fertility (Schumacher Briefings) by James Bruges
Biochar-Ancient Agr Techique For 21st Century by Natan Snider
The Biochar Revolution: Transforming Agriculture & Environment Edited by Paul Taylor PhD
Ten Technologies to Save the Planet: Energy Options for a Low-Carbon Future by Chris Goodall
BIOCHAR: A Cost Benefit Analysis in the Scottish Whisky Industry by Simon P. Messenger
Nature Magazine Online: Agriculture: State of the Art Soil
Sustainable biochar to mitigate global climate change
The in situ remediation of a vast variety of toxic agents in soils and sediments.
Biochar Sorption of Contaminants;
The uses as a feed ration for livestock to reduce GHG emissions and increase disease resistance.
Recent work showing a 52% reduction of NH3 loss when char is used as a composting accelerator. This will have profound value added consequences for the commercial composting industry
Every 1 ton of Biomass yields 1/4 to 1/3 ton Charcoal for soil Sequestration (= to 1 Ton CO2e) + Bio-Gas & Bio-oil fuels = to 1MWh exported electricity, so is a totally virtuous, carbon negative energy cycle.