Ithaka Institute have been busy. A new biochar journal is in beta test mode this month. Hans-Peter has pulled together a great team of experts from around the world. Check out the list of existing and planned articles. It launches … Continue reading
This video has Hans-Peter Schmidt and Dr Paul Taylor demonstrating the Kon-Tiki at the Ithaka Institute in Switzerland. I visited Hans-Peter in Switzerland on 25 July. He was kind enough to take me on a tour of their composting facility, vineyard and … Continue reading
Kelpie is on fire with this new website… http://greenyourhead.typepad.com/backyard_biochar/ This is a great followup to previous posts here on biochar production… http://soilcarbon.org.nz/tag/production/ More discussions here … Continue reading
One of our group members has supplied the following report… “After consulting with a few international experts and a few knowledgeable local people, we took their cautions seriously and decided to start with a small “open burn” rather than a … Continue reading
Here is another well made demonstration video on simple biochar production. This relates to another ‘managed combustion’ system – providing much better environmental outcomes than just burning biomass but still wasteful on the energy front. See also: http://soilcarbon.org.nz/biochar-burn-school/ http://biocharproject.org/ … Continue reading
We have been getting inquiries for biochar – mainly from gardeners wanting to experiment. As interest grows, demand for larger quantities should follow for commercial application trials. If you are producing biochar in NZ and you are able to share some of your production with gardeners or researchers, then please get in touch.
As the market for biochar matures, we should develop some principles and guidelines for sustainable and safe biochar production, post-treatment and application. The easiest path for now may be to follow IBI, European or other international production / testing guidelines.
We are developing a list of NZ biochar producers who may be able to provide biochar or biochar based products from direct inquires. The producers page will provide contact details and product information.
Kelpie Wilson from www.wilsonbiochar.com has led this initiative… “A quick summary of results of experiments in open burn techniques to minimize smoke and maximize charcoal production. Experiments were conducted by volunteers over a 3 day period, November 15-17, 2013, outside … Continue reading
This biochar workshop delves deep into the many aspects of biochar production and application. Part 1 focuses on practical production techniques using ‘drum within drum’ retort. There may be some advantages for this over the TLUD system (ie, reduced supervision). … Continue reading
The Second burn of the TLUD was an attempt to increase the feedstock value by adding new material in through the secondary air gap during the process. WE started with a half barrel of chips as a way to test … Continue reading