This posted here recently by Dr Tom Goreau…
President, Global Coral Reef Alliance
President, Biorock Technology Inc.
Nice report from Don on the recent Asia-Pacific Biochar Conference in Korea…
Had a great time at the Biochar Conference in Korea last month. See the trip report on my blog here http://www.byronbiochar.com.au/uncategorized/biochar-don-does-korea/ Thanks again to all those that made it possible and for enriching our lives. The future of Biochar is firmed up and the Science is in however, every different biochar may well have a different effect in different soil and in other applications for remediation and as a Construction material so growers/builders need to understand the Science and apply it.
If you’d like more information on next year’s ANZBC17 you can also visit http://www.byronbiochar.com.au/anzbcconference-2017 and register super early for 25% Discount before the end of year.
I’ve just circulated an ABE Sept/Oct newsletter but failed to attached the October IBI newsletter which has been forwarded to me in advance of a link on the IBI website.
Here’s a link and table of contents…
NZ links to this new publication, showing strong international collaboration.
From: Tom Miles
Date: 22 October 2016 at 01:08
Subject: [biochar] IBI: Biochar for Carbon Removal from the Atmosphere
“In the October 21 issue of Nature Communications Woolf et al demonstrate that biochar could play an important role in removal of carbon from the atmosphere, which is increasingly recognized at essential to meeting global climate targets. Woolf compared biochar-bioenergy systems with bioenergy alone and gasification-based bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, known as BECCS. In its 2014 report, IPCC flags BECCS as the only major land-based approach expected to draw down atmospheric carbon dioxide. However, Woolf demonstrates that biochar-bioenergy systems that sequester carbon in agricultural lands could reduce carbon sequestration costs, allowing earlier adoption of a more aggressive policy of actively removing carbon from the atmosphere to avert dangerous climate change. Biochar-bioenergy competes favorably with BECCS at lower carbon prices, and where biochar addition to soils delivers significant increases in crop yields. Thus, effective use of biochar as a carbon removal strategy relies on identifying those sites that are most responsive to biochar. This requires similar knowledge systems as those commonly in place around the world to guide fertilizer application. Averaged across all published scientific experiments, biochar increases crop yields around 20% with application rates often exceeding 10 t/ha. However, applications of less than 5 t/ha can increase crop yields by over 50% in certain types of soils. Even highly productive agricultural lands contain patches of degraded soils that would benefit from biochar application. Precision agriculture can deliver biochar to specific field locations where it can provide the greatest soil benefits. Biomass energy in combination with carbon sequestration has enormous potential as a carbon removal strategy. However, biomass is a widely dispersed resource best suited to small-scale, distributed bioenergy systems. In contrast, sequestration of carbon dioxide is necessarily a large, centralized operation to enable separation and injection of carbon dioxide into carefully selected geological deposits. This mismatch in scale between bioenergy production and carbon dioxide sequestration is a challenge for gasification-based BECCS. The relative simplicity of producing and sequestering biochar results in biochar-bioenergy systems that can be built at modest scale and widely distributed. Their small size reduces the risk of deploying new technology, eases financing, and speeds adoption. Biochar-bioenergy systems can play an important role in a global strategy to actively remove carbon from the atmosphere.”
Kiwis – I’m sure Don of the western-ile does not mean it literally… I’ve promised to try to help mount a NZ host-ile invasion for this event…
“Dear Friends & Colleagues,
In previous years, you have either presented, sponsored, exhibited, introduced, helped coordinate our Biochar Conferences. I seek your expression of interest and commitment again.
As I head off to Korea next week to the http://www.biochar.co.kr/, I have put in place an interim webpage and options for delegates to Register for the Inaugural Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference 2017 which will be held on August 10,11 & 12 in Tweed N.S.W. (Venue TBC). The aim is to have an announcement made in Korea about our Conference so there is an opportunity to showcase yourself, your work and or your business to the Biochar World.
Our website anzbc.org.au is in maintenance mode and the interim webpage can be found here http://www.byronbiochar.com.au/anzbconference-2017/ This takes you to the Registration Page here http://www.byronbiochar.com.au/product-category/anzbconference17/ where you can also purchase a Stall at the Trade Expo which will be part of the Conference (Floor Plan to come). To encourage participants to commit and help us reach our goal of 200 Delegates, we are offering SUPER EARLY BIRD PRICES until December 31, 2016. 25% Discount.
I have attached Day 1 of our Programme for those that have committed to presenting again, thank you. This can also be downloaded off the Webpage. This excludes Bernard Doube from Dung Beetle Solutions who will be on Day 2 of the Programme which is not yet complete.
An invitation call out again to anyone in this email who would like to Present, Exhibit or Sponsor the ANZBC17 by Monday 17th October which will be the last chance before Korea. We are looking to have representatives from each of the States (Scientist & Grower) with New Zealand being another State. We already have strong representation from NSW and only one from S.A. so far. The ANZBC17 Working Group will meet again on Monday November 7 and anyone is welcome to join in person or on Skype.
I will be sending out a global email on the 17th so I look forward to hearing from you if I haven’t already.”
Chars, Don Don Coyne ANZBC17 Event Coordinator 0459175729 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.byronbiochar.com.au/anzbconference-2017/ https://www.facebook.com/biocharfest/
EECA has funds available to assist businesses with wood energy projects and welcomes applications as part of the Wood Energy South Project. Capital Grants are for capital projects with good demonstration potential that lead to wood-based bioenergy is being produced or used in Industrial or Commercial operations and a published case study.
Projects must satisfy the following criteria:
– Wood-based bioenergy is being produced or used in Industrial or Commercial operations.
– There is a clear benefit to the wood energy sector in Southland, either the supply or demand side, i.e. strategic value and potential for widespread industry adoption. These may include, for example:
– The potential use of wood fuel to replace fossil fuels
– The improvement of a supply chain for wood fuels
– Conversion of boilers to wood-firing
– At the time of applying for the grant, a commitment has not already been made for goods or services, i.e. contract signed or deposit paid.
– The project will lead to increased wood energy use, i.e. it is not just pure research.
– Installed Heat Plants must meet Regional air quality standards
– A feasibility study must be undertaken by a suitably qualified consultant without vested interest in any equipment involved in the project concerned unless approved by EECA.
– Be economically viable
If you have any questions about these criteria, please contact Wood Energy South before proceeding.
Depending on the evaluation of the grant application and project plan, the recipient may receive up to 40% of the total project cost. The maximum grant amount will be $100,000, payable upon completion of the project. NB: Grant funding is not confirmed until you have entered into a contract with EECA for the funding.
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Interesting update on SkillCult biochar performance in the garden. If you are not into apples, view from 19:47min…
I’ve listed below a few interesting research projects, that could overlap with biochar interest…
“MBIE’s 2016 Endeavour Round will see 56 new scientific research programmes receive funding of more than $209 million over the next five years.
The Endeavour Fund invests in excellent research that has high potential to positively transform New Zealand’s future economic performance, sustainability and integrity of our environment, help strengthen our society, and give effect to the Vision Mātauranga policy, which aims to unlock the innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources, and people for the benefit of New Zealand.”
Lincoln University: Reducing environmental damage following urea application in pastures by using a bio-inoculant $977,500
Cawthron Institute: Improving Chinook salmon feed efficiency for industry growth $12,854,857
Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd:
Innovative ways to reduce farm nitrogen losses by manipulating carbon inputs $7,301,000
Integrated research and tools for wilding conifer management and ecosystem restoration $14,000,000
Soil ecosystem health and resilience – a pathway to prosperity and wellbeing $7,500,000
New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd Trading as Scion: Preparing New Zealand for extreme fire $8,750,000
I have a few burning issues with public safety here… what’s your opinion?