Biochar used in Florida to increase yield in orange groves

Biochar Meets Oranges

It’s hard to think of Florida and not conjure up images of orange groves. The folks over at Citrus Industry Magazine based in The Sunshine State have discovered the benefits of using biochar, including the fact that it enriches the soil an increases the yields of orange groves. Proof of science in action…sweet, delicious science! Today we learned that there’s a magazine for everything, including citrus. Listen to a description of this month’s issue here and subscribe here.

Upcoming Cookstove Camps

The Biomass Energy Foundation will be hosting a series of camps designed to instruct curious biochar fans on how to build cookstoves and other devices for creating their own homemade biochar. Here’s a summary provided by

“Each BEF Stove Camp is a five-day, structured learning experience which features hands-on experience plus theory & instruction on gasifiers of numerous types, but focusing on pyrolytic Top-Lit UpDraft (TLUD) technology for cookstoves (and larger devices for thermal energy and biochar CHAB). In each Camp, the technical foundation, practical skills, and fabrication methods of constructing biomass-fueled devices are taught and put into practice with hands-on efforts by the participants. Each Camp has sufficient differences and updates to merit repeat attendance. Camp sizes are limited to 15 to 30 participants”

The events scheduled so far for 2012 are set to take place in Kenya, Honduras, Massachusetts, and Tennessee. View full details here.

Biochar’s Popularity Across Different Countries

A tech blog called recently posted an article about biochar. The article touches on some interesting topics such as biochar’s reception into various countries. Countries such as Kenya and Australia are early adopters while there appears to be mixed reactions in the UK. To find out why, give the article a read here.

Pacific Pyrolysis Granted $4.5m by Government

The mass production of biochar in Australia is ramping up as Pacific Pyrolysis has been granted with $4.5m by the government to reinforce biochar creation efforts. The Biochar Network just posted an article about this event and even went into detail about the Carbon Farming Initiative. In essence, the initiative states:

“There is a common interest to ensure that verifiable and scientifically robust greenhouse gas accounting methodologies are applied so that projects can ultimately gain an additional revenue stream from carbon offsets to help get established.”

Another interesting point: the Pacific Pyrolysis plant itself has been “recycled”. In years past, it was used to process materials destined for landfills such as waste water treatment sludges, paper mill residues, and feedlot manures. Give the article a read here.

That’s all fo the biochar news we have for you this week. Check back again later for the most up-to-date information on all things biochar related!

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