SkillCult talking about a system of permanent soil improvement using biochar in a catch pit. Layers of soil improving materials layered with charcoal and dirt. … Continue reading
Overview 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 … Continue reading
Similar to sprinkling cinnamon or chocolate on your coffee, this project is adding biochar to their recipe of composted fish. The maize cob biochar has been provided by Simon Day, a supplier listed on this site. … Continue reading
Wilding pine is an invasive species that has infested over 800,000Ha in the SI and 300,000Ha in the north (2007). The NZ Wilding Conifer Management Group website is a focal point for information on this topic. Wilding & Co are turning … Continue reading
I posted about the Hikurangi Foundation last year, as a potential supporter for community based biochar project initiatives. They have subsequently morphed into the Akina Foundation and have spread their wings across NZ… Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off “We’ve … Continue reading
Following on from the previous BANZ conference post, check out this directory which is being managed by BANZ. Most of the listed projects would benefit from being aware of the many overlapping opportunities associated with biochar production and/or application. 330 projects listed. … Continue reading
Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the winners in its 2014 Mayors Challenge, an ideas competition that encourages cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life and that have the potential to spread to other cities… Stockholm, … Continue reading
The Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) research programme… http://www.mpi.govt.nz/environment-natural-resources/funding-programmes/slmacc-research-programme Theme 2: Mitigation of agricultural and forestry greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions Theme 2 specifically lists biochar and soil carbon as appropriate research themes. I have an inquiry placed with … 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
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.