RNZ’s Our Changing World has reported on Carbonscape activities at Glenbrook steel mill looking to the potential for the production of ‘bio-coke’. Biochar is briefly mention in association with Carbonscape’s historical development activities. http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/2588575/clean-technology … Continue reading
I had an epiphany while running a comparison between a couple of TLUDS at Simon Days about 10 days ago. I’ve been trying to get more char out of my system by raising the afterburner about 50mm above the main … Continue reading
I’m not sure that this link will work for you all… it is an extensive listing of biochar companies on the Biochar Farms & Gardens Linkedin group. You may need to be in the group to access. http://www.linkedin.com/groupAnswers?viewQuestionAndAnswers=&discussionID=5835826066865819651&gid=2572380&trk=eml-anet_dig-b_nd-pst_ttle-cn&fromEmail=&ut=3TsEk223-TVC41 2014 Biochar … Continue reading
The European Journal of Soil Science dedicates the January issue to biochar in soils: new insights. See the link bellow, (all the papers are free) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ejss.2014.65.issue-1/issuetoc One of the 21 papers has NZ links… … Continue reading
Biochar is a veritable Swiss army knife for some of the planets problems. There are many tools being unfolded for agriculture enhancement and environmental repair. Energy tools abound, due to the diverse range of biochar production methods, and their residual … 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.
The Canadian Biochar Consortium have initiated a large-scale on-farm trial to determine the viability of different types of biochars for agriculture use. Another focus, less relevant to New Zealand under the present political climate, is the use of biochar as a tool … Continue reading
We have had 35 people sign up to date. That’s probably a 10% strike rate but early days yet. Plenty of names missing that should & probably will arrive in time. I hope we can circulate stats based on the … Continue reading
Welcome to the my first post to AllBlackEarth.
The concept of a NZ biochar interest group has been under discussion between biochar enthusiasts for a number of years. A call to arms was circulated on 10Mar 2012 to a circulation list of ~130 potentially interested folk. Our plan was to gather a voluntary ‘interim management team’ to undertake the work leading to a (this) NZ interest group. We clearly needed a bit of biochar in our diet as project development has been slow. But here we are, with a brand new website. Where this will lead remains to be seen and will be dependent on your encouragement and participation.
Our initial group (11 of us) congealed around a google+ group about one year ago. Since then, I’ve been posting news reports to that site that I think were relevant for biochar in a NZ context. My plan is to migrate some of these old posts to this new site to kick things off. So some of it may be a bit dated but fell free to leap in with your comments.
Our current structure is still very lose. We have not set protocols for the blog or discussion groups or sorted out moderation responsibilities. Bare with us.