The Charcoalab Kit
Christelle H Braun, Naomi Luckett, Christoph Steiner, Robert Flanagan October 26, 2007
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The Charcoalab Kit contains:
- 6 pots
- 3 baggies of rice hull, temperature specific charcoal
- Litmus paper

Due to issues with posting seeds, we are asking participants to source their
own seeds and to inform us about seeds species and origin (if they come from a
commercial source...maybe a picture of the packet?).

The kits are being distributed by Naomi from New Zealand.

I attach to this mail the instructions for the Charcaoalab Kit, which you
can also download on the website:
http://bionecho.org/charcoalab/teachers.php

For any other information, please send your request to:
charcoalab@yahoo.com

Carbon negative tea
Kelpie Wilson, October 17, 2007

Kelpie & Preston_3_1char yield_1_1carbon negative hot water_2_1


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The Charcoalab Project: Charcoalab Pot Trials

Robert Flanagan, SAFFE, China, Christelle Braun, Naomi, September 4, 2007

Charcoalab Pot Trials<br />
The Charcoalab Project<br />
September 2007

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The new "Black Gold" is already on sale in Indonesia!

Robert Flanagan, SAFFE, China, August 31, 2007

Black Gold

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Update on Biochar Trials in Hangzhou, China

Robert flanagan, SAFFE, Hangzhou, China, August 28, 2007

Ready to eat after 59days

Ready to Eat in 59 Days

 

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Biochar Production Wiki
Christelle H Braun, August 16, 2007

Hello everybody,

Thanks a lot for all your links and infos. I have just started a small Wiki page which intends to list and compare the different companies on the "carbonization market". Hopefully it can help to get a general idea. However, I hadn't time to do much so far, so don't hesitate to contribute !
Here is it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biochar_production

Sincerely yours,
Christelle

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A Few Photos of the Rice Hull Charcoal Trial
Robert flanagan, SAFFE, China, July 31, 2007

I've just got back from collecting some soil from the field and though I'd pass on a few photos. At this stage no chemical fertilizers have been used and at 35days the charcoal plots are way ahead with no pest problems unlike the unamended plots. The lower plots are harder to photograph as the corn is so dense but on site you can still see the biochar plots are way ahead.

I was really only doing this for shock value to try and get more support for larger trials. I also wanted to show the local farmers first hand how easy it is to use biochar from agri-residue, so as they say in the good old US of A "Mission Accomplished" but the troops (Or troop) won't be leaving here either.

Rob.

See also: Biochar Trials in Hangzhou,China

Bamboo Biochar Trial 2006 China
Robert Flanagan, SAFFE, China, July 2007

This is a trial we started last year using bamboo charcoal as a soil amendment. Last year we sent Cornell University soil samples last year and hope to continue this research with them in the future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7-cq_w1VVY

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Charcoal and Wood Vinegar Reactors
Robert Flanagan, SAFFE, Huangzhou, China, July 31, 2007
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NETL Carbon Sequestration Video
NETL,USDOE, YouTube July 2007

Current sequestration costs are in the range of 1-$300/ton of carbon emissions avoided. The goal is to reduce the cost of carbon sequestration to $10 or less by 2015.

NETL Carbon Sequestration

The U.S. Dept. of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory profiles a research program to capture and sequester Carbon Dioxide in underground rock formations.

Charcoal Making Videos
YouTube, July 2007

SAFFE, Huangzhou, China Renewable Carbon Negative Energy

ioherbalalchemy, USA, Making Charcoal

Making Charcoal in Ivory Coast, West Africa March 18, 2007 ML Murphy

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Biochar and Charcoal Videos by SAFFE, Huangzhou, China
Robert Flanagan, SAFFE, Huangzhou, China, July 2007

Video: Renewable carbon negative energy

Video: Plot trial to show the effects of charcoal in soil

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Rice Planting Experiment With Charcoal Enriched Soil
Jochen Binikowski buddelbini@yahoo.de May 18, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2FMy9gIuws&NR=1

Experimental rice Planting Project
5 paddys at 5 x 4 meters each prepared with rice husk charcoal

Jochen Binikowski buddelbini@yahoo.de

www.buddel.de/kft/index.htm

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Biochar Trials in Hangzhou, China (pdf)
Robert Flanagan, Saffe China, July 10, 2007

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This is a small trial I'm doing for some farmers just outside Hangzhou to show them the benefits of Biochar. I've 48 plots in all so 24 with rice husk charcoal addition at 20Kg per plot. This trial is not for scientific data collection we have that in another trial a little further outside town.

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Use the Iwasaki charcoal-making kiln to make charcoal from forest thinnings.
Iwasaki MASATO, Ashikaga Institute of Technology College, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan

The Iwasaki charcoal kiln is made from two steel drum cans.
Since high temperature is used, it takes a very short time to make the charcoal.
Wood (diameter Bamboo charcoal takes less than 3 hours to make.
This charcoal-making kiln can make be used to make charcoal from corn cobs,

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Alkaline Soils - Terra Preta
N. Sai Bhaskar Reddy, e-alkalinesoilsterrapreta.blogspot.com Update June 26, 2007
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Growing plants with charcoal
Richard Haard, Fourth Corner Nurseries, Bellingham, WA, June 27, 2007

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This is an image of our charcoal as soil additive study at our nursery. Shown is one of our test subjects a local native shrub that we propagate and sell for riparian restoration projects. Black Twinberry, Lonicera involucrata. This plant was a 2 year old seedling, bareroot harvested and stems clipped to 6 inches before planting in the test bed 7 weeks ago.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1344/634886240_78b8dc7032_o.jpg

and our set of images on the 4CN charcoal project

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rchaard/sets/72157594444994347/

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Microcatchment Rainwater Harvesting Systems: Zai Planting Holes Section 2.1
Olufunke Cofie, Boubacar Barry, Deborah Bossio, International Water Management Institute, Ghana and Sri Lanka, Nobember 22-25, 2004

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"Human Resources as a driver of Bright Spots: the case of rainwater harvesting in West Africa", Conference Paper 19, NEPAD/IGAD Regional Conference: Agricultural Successes in the Greater Horn of Africa, Nairobi 22-25, 2004

2.1 Micro-catchment rainwater harvesting systems

Improving wheat production with deep banded Oil Mallee Charcoal in Western Australia (2.7 MB pdf)
Paul Blackwell, Syd Shea, Paul Storer, Zakaria Solaiman, Mike Kerkmans, and Ian Stanley, IAI April 2007

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Oliver Enterprises: Carbonized Rice Husk
Oliver Enterprises, Philippines
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Azotobacter Question and Answer June 2007
Richard Haard, Four Courner Nursery, Bellingham, Washington, June 11, 2007

Question by Sean Barry:
RH ". . .Learning about potential for enrichment culture of Azotobacter and trying to measure available nitrogen in this situation."

Here you mention promoting the growth of nitrogen fixing Azotobacter. I have always been interested in the possibility of inoculating charcoal with mycorrhizal fungi.

Do you think it might be possible that you could isolate, culture, and propogate enough of both types of microorganism species from the soil in your area, then enrich or inoculate charcoal with it, and put that charcoal into plant growth trials? I have seen some FDA ARS (Agricultural Research Service) documentation about developed and patented methods to do this (propogate soil fungi) kind of thing. The charcoal you have on the forest floor with the litter (I believe I've seen this picture); is it incorporated into the soil containing the fungus? Or just on top with the litter? Are there any plants growing in it? Are there also Azotobacter in that soil (along with the mycorrhizal fungi) ?

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