Bill Knauss' Home and Greenhouse Gasifier

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Bill has been working developing TLUD greenhouse and home heaters for a project in Mexico where the plan to use pecan shells for heating applications, and use the biochar to help restore soil fertility. He's done a nice job designing the fan system to detect the heat inside the burner and buzz to remind the user to pay attention to the stove when the fuel canister needs attention.

Bill has also developed a comal style stove top for the TLUD stove that can use pecan shells, wood chips, or other crop residues for cooking.

The TLUD designs that are the basis for the combustion component of this stove are found here: http://www.drtlud.com

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Biochar School: Appropriate Technology for the Small Farm

Announcing an exciting new biochar learning opportunity
More info and registration coming soon!

Biochar School:Appropriate Technology for the Small Farm
November 7-11, 2014
  • 5 days of learning and experimentation at Swallow Valley Farm in Sonoma County, California
  • Produced by Wilson Biochar Associates, New England Biochar, LLC and Biocarbon Associates
  • Co-sponsored by US Biochar Initiative, Sonoma Biochar Initiative, Southern California Biochar Initiative and others TBA

- See more at: http://greenyourhead.typepad.com/biochar_school/#sthash.SQoSrFGa.dpuf

Refertil Compost and Biochar project

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Refertil is a project using agricultural by-products to create high quality natural fertilizers for use in farming. It has a strong testing-analytical data-gathering, and they've been creating and optimizing both compost and biochar to develop good zero-emissions alternatives to current agricultural pratices.

The project objectives:

The REFERTIL is an application oriented science and technology development project contributing to the cost efficient transformation of the organic waste streams from the agriculture and food industry. The key objectives of the REFERTIL project are to improve the currently used compost treatment systems and develop zero emission performance biochar industrial production technologies towards safe and economical nutrient recovery process. Beyond the industrial compost and stabile carbon based biochar technology development, the REFERTIL project provides a strong legislation support to the European Commission for the new EU27 fertiliser regulation, and standardization of the compost/biochar technologies and safe products. The compost and biochar policy support work elements will be completed by September 2013.

Best young researcher for work in pyrolysis: Mayoral Guillermo Rosas

Mayoral Guillermo Rosas is a mechanical engineer working in the Chemical Engineering Group, Environmental and Bioprocess of the University of León (ULE). He was honored for his work on a mobile pyrolysis plant for turning vineyard prunings into biocahr. The mobile pyrolizer needs no external power source anc converst 55 kg/hr into char at temperatures between 550 and 750 degrees C. and was a research and development project between the University of Leon; the Barcelona business Bodegas Torres; and Mecanotaf based in Lugo.

The biochar was applied in an experimental vineyard at Bodegas Miguel Torres.

More information about the award can be found here:
http://www.unileon.es/noticias/guillermo-rosas-mayoral-investigador-de-l...

SACE Biocarbon Webinar: How Bioenergy Can Help Store Carbon in Soil

Smartly designed and carefully operated bioenergy systems can actually help pull carbon out of the air, and put it in the ground where we need it. Companies that are commercializing these technologies today include Cool Planet Energy Systems, Phoenix Energy, and Burt’s Greenhouses. Surprisingly, this is not new: There are biomass boilers that have been producing durable carbon-ash soil amendments for years.

The following three speakers will help explain how all this works and why it is important for bioenergy to run “carbon negative.”

Dr Jeff Novak, Soil Scientist, USDA Agricultural Research Service
Tom Miles, Professional Engineer, TR Miles Technical Consultants
Dr Andrew Carpenter, Soil Scientist, Northern Tilth

Backyard Biochar Makers

Making the Pyramid
Skewers on the Pyramid
Lighting the Pyramid

Kelpie Wilson has put together an outstanding list of Backyard Charmakers at http://backyardbiochar.net/

This is a great opportunity to upgrade your firepit or burn pile to a cleaner burning biochar-maker.

PLEASE BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE FIRE SAFETY RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR YOUR AREA!!

Ok, now go put a skewer on the biochar-making barbecue!

Dimensions & Instructions from Kelpie's site:

(The Pyramid kilns is) much easier to make than the round kiln. Kevin just cut the pieces from flat sheet steel and welded the edges together, adding some square tubing around the top edge for stability....

Dimensions of the pyramid kiln are 46" top edge; 18" bottom edge; and 27" along the angled edge. It was made from a 4'x8' piece of 11 gauge sheet steel. The sheet was cut into two, 2'x8' strips, and the 4 trapezoidal shaped sides were cut out of that. Square tubing was welded along the top edge for stability.

Converting Wheat and Chicken manure into Biochar in Western Australia

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ABC Rural recently covered Euan Beamont, co-director of Energy Farmers Australia, they've been making a prototype kiln to create biochar

the original news article:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-19/the-sweet-smell-of-bio-char-produc...

and the video:

He is using the system primarily to make biochar from manure and from wheat, and has done some test fires with box thorn.

More info about Energy Farmers Australia
http://www.energyfarmers.com.au

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First T-Plancha prototype in central america TLUD (microgasifier)

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Notes from Paul Anderson

Making Biochar in Jolly Roger Ovens (in the snow)

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Douglas Clayton has updated his video about making Biochar in the Jolly Roger Oven.

He has a bit of help from Hugh (making jokes about steam activating the char). It's a great video, well worth the watch.

If you are new to the Jolly Roger Oven, Doug has more detail in his first video

more about the the line of thought behind the Jolly Roger biochar method can be found here:
http://www.biochar-international.org/regional/ubi

For those of you in New Hampshire, Doug Clayton and Intuitive Biochar is in Jaffrey, NH 03452

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Living Web Farms Biochar Workshop at Grandview Farm

From Living Web Farms in Mills River, North Carolina
http://www.livingwebfarms.org/

Great introduction to making clean biochar lead by Bob Wells, soil scientist Jon Nilsson and Patryk Battle.

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Biochar Burn School Results

Last weekend's Biochar Burn School was fantastically successful! Many thanks to all the participants. I was especially pleased at the diversity of people who attended - young folks and elders, permaculturists and scientists, land owners, nomads and Forest Service professionals. Thanks to everyone who came back for an extra day, just to see what else we could learn about this process.

Special thanks to Peter Hirst of New England Biochar for showing up with tools, educational materials and expertise.

For more information: Kelpie Wilson http://www.greenyourhead.com

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Pyro-Grilling!

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Pyro-grilling

Jock Gill has been demonstrating Pyro-grilling. He adapted a standard weber to use an updated version of his iCan stove. He reports that he hasn't had to buy standard charcoal in over a year. In the process he has been making a nice grade of biochar.

It looks pretty tempting. For details and answers to questions about the grill please download Jock's Pyro-Grilling pdf .

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Grass Tablet Biochar

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Grass Tablet Biochar
Grass Tablets
Grill modified with an iCan reactor

The grass tablet biochar (pyrolytic carbon) shown above was made in an iCan TLUD
with a variable speed blower. This charcoal was air quenched and is thus bone dry.
When wet, it is very soft and can be formed to fit a variety of shapes. I have found, for
example, that grass tablet biochar saturated with cold water is effective at reducing the
pain of burns.

The following pages illustrate some of the ways the above biochar was made.
Note: Grass biochar will be ashy as grass has considerably more ash content that
wood

Grass tablets broken into short sections prior to being loaded into the fuel chamber of
the iCan reactor.
These tablets were made from field grass about 3 years ago in Shelburne, VT. Note
that the longest fibers are about the length of the diameter of the tablet. Shorter is
better.
These tablets are about 4 cm in diameter.

Download the attached Grass Tablet Biochar How To for detailed Reactor photographs and answers to questions posed to Jock by the stoves community.

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Labile Organic Molecules, the "Secret Weapon" of Biochar?

From "Shifting Paradigms on Biochar: Micro/Nano-structures and Soluble Components are Responsible for its Plant-Growth Promoting Ability”, S Joseph, ER Graber, C Chia, P Munroe, S Donne, T Thomas , Nielsen S, C Marjo, H Rutlidge, G X Pan, Xiaorong Fan, P Taylor , A Rawal, J Hook, Carbon Management, Vol 4, No. 3 (2013).

Satellite Could Find Hidden Archaeological Sites by Remote Sensing

From Wired Science:
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/12/satellite-sensing-black-earth-...

Light reflected by the Amazon rainforest’s vegetation could help an orbiting satellite find the elusive fertile patches of soil known as terra preta — or ‘black earth’ — that mark archaeological sites where pre-Columbian populations settled.

Finding these rich patches of earth has been a challenge. They’re sprinkled throughout the enormous Amazon basin, hidden beneath an impenetrable forest, and embedded in a land with few roads.

So a team of scientists is testing whether satellite measurements of the light reflected by tree canopies could help researchers panning for black soil gold...

Root Zone Biochar Application with Grapevines

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tractor-powered (PTO) spray equipment with water tank
root-injection sonde

We tried several different methods, but ended-up having to develop our own equipment and techniques. A couple of these methods show promise for commercial-scale work, I believe. Basically our approach involves a few components:

  • tractor-powered (PTO) spray equipment with water tank, pressure adjustments
  • root-injection sonde (available commercially, but we ended-up making our own)
  • slurry tank with a Venturi pump, mixing equipment
  • various hoses and connections
  • a lot of trial and error…

A lot of the success of this type of method is related to the choice of biochar and the formulation of the slurry. We’re continuing work this summer to try to improve these methods for larger scale commercial work, but are also evaluating, of course, whether the use of biochar applied in this manner will have any effect on the crop quantities or quality.

Barry Husk
President
BlueLeaf Inc. http://www.blue-leaf.ca

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2013 North American Biochar Symposium Oct 13-16 2013

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North American Biochar Symposium Register Now http://symposium2013.pvbiochar.org/

October 13, 2013 - October 16, 2013
7:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Eastern Time Zone

at
University of Massachusetts
One Campus Center Way
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
413-265-3892

For more information: http://symposium2013.pvbiochar.org/

Biochar Blends

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Biochar blends
Biochar blends is for creating value added products using biochar and different types of matter (living and non-living) for soil amendments and also multiple uses before ultimately reaching the soil. This is a simple chart to explore the possibilities of using biochar considering diversity of conditions in the field such as soils, types of crops, environments, climatic conditions, availability of raw materials, socio-economic, cultural, traditional, etc.
http://www.slideshare.net/saibhaskar/biochar-blends

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Super Stone Clean 530 Iwamoto Super Mineral Biochar

This is a great process flow Diagram from Super Stone Clean International, you can learn more about their biochar maker on their web site: http://superstoneclean.com/iwamoto-mineral-biochar-machine/

Super Stone Clean International
Osaka City
Minato Ward
Chikko 4-3-20
552-0021
Japan

Tel: (81) 6-6556-6326

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