Profile Production Systems Affordability

PROFILE: MAKING BIOCHAR PRODUCTION MORE AFFORDABLE AND SUSTAINABLE THROUGH INNOVATION IN DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING Russell Burnett, Sheila Mc Donald, Stephen Joseph and Genxing Pan The high capital cost of existing medium scale biochar kilns is a major barrier to the production of low cost biochar in developed and developing countries. To overcome these barriers, an…

Profile Neil Lumanlan Biochar Stoves

PROFILE: TYPHOON KETSANA SURVIVOR MAKES A LIFETIME COMMITMENT TO INCREASE SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH BIOCHAR AND GASIFIER STOVES Typhoon Ketsana hit the Philippines on the morning of September 26, 2009; an event which was both terrifying and life changing for a University of Santo Tomas Instructor (and IBI Advisory Committee member), Neil Ian P. Lumanlan. Lumanlan thought…

Green Fire Farm

GREEN FIRE FARM: USING RESTORATIVE FARMING TO IMPROVE SOILS AND PRODUCE BIOCHAR Michael Low first heard about biochar in 2007 from a story in the magazine, Acres USA. The article sparked his interest and he began researching the use and production of biochar to see how he could utilize it on his farm, Green Fire…

Profile Peru Kosnipata

PROFILE: THE KOSÑIPATA BIOCHAR PROJECT IN PERU: USING BIOCHAR TO INCREASE AGRICULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY IN A DIVERSE ECOSYSTEM Peru’s Kosñipata Valley is a biodiversity-rich region of the Peruvian Amazon, adjacent to the Manu Biosphere Reserve in the Southeastern part of the country. The area has been dominated by agriculture—mainly using slash and burn to convert forest…

Profile Potatoes in Australia

PROFILE: PROFITABILITY IMPROVEMENTS FROM ENHANCED BIOCHARS: RESULTS FROM A POTATO FARM IN BALLARAT, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA. By René de Jong, Buninyong, Victoria, Australia and Stephen Joseph, Visiting Professor University of NSW, Nanjing Agricultural University, University of Newcastle, Wollongong and Central Queensland Although there is a great deal of research on the effect of enhanced biochars on…

Profile Ecofarm

ECOFARM: FACILITATING AN INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION TO INSTALL BIOCHAR TECHNOLOGY IN VIETNAM Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia. However, the country also holds the distinction of being one of the world’s most susceptible countries to the negative effects of climate change through droughts, floods, cyclones, and rising sea levels. In addition to…

Profile Port of Tacoma

PORT OF TACOMA: USING BIOCHAR AS A COMPONENT FOR STORMWATER FILTRATION IN A LOG YARD By Erin Rasmussen and Tom Miles The Port of Tacoma (based in Washington State) is the fifth largest water port in the United States and holds containers, automobiles, grain, and logs prior to transport. Washington State has some of the…