The IBI webinar series connects participants to leaders in the biochar field, from business professionals to producers to academics, who present cutting-edge information, research and updates to our IBI membership. Each participant will have an opportunity to interact live with the presenter by submitting questions during the webinar, as time permits, for real-time responses.

You must be a dues-paying member to participate in these special events at no charge. Non-members may participate for a $40 registration fee. (If you are not an IBI member and would like to join, please click here). If you are a member and are not able to attend the presentation, all presentations are posted for members to watch/listen to in the IBI Member’s only area.

Upcoming Webinars

Archive

IBI Webinar: Biochar-Elicited Disease Suppression in Plants

07/16/2018

July 16, 2018 • 3:30- 5:00pm EST

Plants are susceptible to disease-causing pathogens, as are all living entities. Global crop losses to diseases are often estimated to be in the tens of percent, a value which would be much greater if chemical and other crop protection agents were not available. In general, the severity of diseases caused by plant pathogens is a function of the interplay between the susceptibility of the host, the virulence of the pathogen, and the environmental conditions. For example, mainly very young seedlings are susceptible to damping-off caused by pythium, while older seedlings and plants are more resistant. Many fungi and molds develop under humid and wet conditions rather than under dry conditions. When biochar is added to soil, it can have multiple and inter-related effects on the highly complex plant-soil-rhizosphere-microbome system, and thus affect the development of diseases and their severity. This happens by virtue of a number of physical and chemical attributes of biochar, the sum total of which can be more than that of the individual components. Such attributes include, among others, nutrient content, water holding capacity, redox activity, chemical adsorption capacity, content of toxic and hormone-like compounds, and more. This webinar is intended to introduce the complexity of the “Biochar Effect” in relation to plant resistance to disease.

Cost?

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar. If you need assistance, please email us at info@biochar-international.org.

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Land Remediation and Biochar

06/05/2018

June 5, 2018 • 1:00- 1:30pm EST

Land degradation is an increasing threat to food security, water potability and human health.  Anthropogenic causes of land degradation include mining, drilling, industrial pollution, urbanization, deforestation, poor agricultural practices and more. Coupled with natural causes such as erosion and desertification, arable land on the planet is becoming ever more scarce. Over the past several years, on-going research and an increasing number of in-field trials have demonstrated that biochar is able to successfully regenerate exhausted or polluted lands. This webinar will feature two biochar researchers that have focused on this topic; Dr. Suzanne Allaire and Chris Peltz. They will discuss key findings from their research and trials using biochar to reclaim lands that, due to different anthropogenic or natural causes, have led to erosion, leaching of toxins and an inability to grow vegetation. Suzanne will discuss experimental results using biochar in combination with other materials, plants and bacteria in gold mines in Canada. This will include certain problems which may occur when in using biochar in these areas. Chris Peltz will cover several case studies where biochar has been used, including an oil and gas well-pad site near Vernal UT, and open-pit gold mine in Eureka NV, and hard-rock mines near Silverton, CO.

Cost?

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar. If you need assistance, please email us at info@biochar-international.org.

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Forestry Management and Biochar

02/26/2018

February 26, 2018 • 6:00 – 7:30pm UTC

Maintaining and restoring forests while also reducing hazards can result in significant amounts of biomass. Introducing biochar production in lieu of burning slash piles can offer both economic and environmental benefits. Three researchers from the U.S. Forestry Service, Dr. Deb Page-Dumroese, Dr. Nate Anderson, and Dr. Ted Bilek will discuss why forestry operations should consider on-site biochar production. A brief review of results from using biochar on forest, range and mine site trials conducted by the U.S. Forestry Service will be included. Key supply chain and economic aspects of biochar production based on field studies and examination of biochar as both a co-product and primary product will be presented. The discussion will include production scenarios for a range of scales from small (25 kg per hour) to large enterprises (2500 kg per hour) using woody biomass as feedstock.

Cost?

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar. If you need assistance, please email us at info@biochar-international.org.

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Synergies Between Anaerobic Digestion & Biochar

10/30/2017

October 30, 2017 • 3:30 – 5:00 pm EST

Research has shown that there are many synergies to be found integrating pyrolysis and gasification with anaerobic digestion (AD) systems. Carbonizing the anaerobic digested fibers could be a viable way to create adsorbent for the removal of soluble phosphorous from Anaerobic digesters effluents. Using biochar in the AD substrate can boost not only the quality of the methane (CH4) produced. It can also reduce the H2S generated during the AD process thereby reducing wear and tear on equipment. In the webinar we will discuss the possibilities to integrate acidic biochars with dissolved air flotation systems for ammonia removal. The focus of this webinar is on pyrolysis and gasification, two technologies that are capable of converting the digested fibers into a bio-char, and that can be integrated with AD. During the presentation Dr. Garcia-Perez will also discuss some of the potential uses of these chars in anaerobic digestion systems.

Cost?

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar. If you need assistance, please email us at info@biochar-international.org.

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Feeding Biochar to Cows to Improve Soil Fertility and Farm Productivity

09/20/2017

September 20, 2017 • 5:00 – 6:30 pm EST

Feeding biochar to livestock has been a growing area of interest due to the many potential benefits which have been highlighted by various studies around the world.  This webinar features Doug Pow, a farmer from Western Australia, who has taken the research out of the labs and into the fields.  In one of the longest studies on biochar used as livestock feed, Doug has collaborated with Dr. Stephen Jospeh, a long-time biochar researcher as well as a number of other researchers to document the benefits so that other farmers in Australia and around the world can learn from his experiences. This webinar will discuss how and how much biochar is fed to cattle, the beetles that help to deliver the biochar deeper into the soil profile and the benefits that livestock farmers can derive from feeding biochar to livestock.  Stephen will provide an overview of rumen processes and how biochar interacts with the rumen.  He will discuss previous biochar research involving cows, poultry, pigs, and goats including feed lot trials and he will talk about detailed science around development of new ‘fit for purpose’ biochars for feeding to animals.

Cost?

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar. If you need assistance, please email us at info@biochar-international.org.

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Past, Present & Future of IBI & the Biochar Industry

08/23/2017

August 23, 2017 • 1:00- 2:30pm EST

The biochar industry has been gaining momentum around the world over the past few years and IBI’s role in the industry has been evolving along with that growth. IBI’s Chairman of the Board, Tom Miles and Board Member Kathleen Draper will discuss IBI’s history, mission and vision for the biochar industry. IBI’s goals, expectations, services and potential projects will also be reviewed along with a discussion on many of the changes happening within the industry including various production technologies, new market opportunities and evolving business models.

This webinar also seeks to survey participants to understand how IBI can best engage and support individual, organizational and business members as well as governments and NGOs.  This webinar also provides an opportunity for members and non-members to provide input, suggestions and concerns directly to the IBI Board.

Cost?

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar. If you need assistance, please email us at info@biochar-international.org.

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Stockholm Biochar Project

06/28/2017

June 28, 2017 • 1:00- 2:30pm EST

The Stockholm Biochar Project was one of the winners of the Mayors Challenge funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies.  Prize money has helped fund the 1st of 5 planned facilities to convert urban green waste into heat and biochar which opened earlier this year. Once all five plants are operational, the city will be producing 7,000 tons of biochar per year while contributing heat to the city’s district heating system.  City residents will be able to get bags of biochar in exchange for taking their organic waste to the processing facilities.

Mattais Gustaffson is the Project Manager and will provide an overview of the project to date as well as lessons learned and recommendations for others interested in replicating their efforts in other cities – to date they have had inquiries from nearly 100 other cities interested in carbonizing greenwaste.

Cost?

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar. If you need assistance, please email us at info@biochar-international.org.

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Building Materials and Composites

05/23/2017

May 23, 2017 • 5:00 – 6:30 pm EST

While the use of biochar as a soil amendment has been researched for more than a decade, the use of carbonized biomass in building materials and other composites is just beginning to flourish.  Not only can carbon be sequestered in building materials, but using biochar can lower the embodied energy of such materials.  Importantly various properties of the building materials and composites can be enhanced when biochar is added to cement and other materials.  This Webinar brings together three of the leaders in the field of biochar use in building materials and composites to provide a glimpse into the latest research on this topic. This webinar will be of interest to architects, urban planners, the construction industry, as well biochar producers, researchers, climate researchers and more.  An interactive Q&A period will follow at the end of the Webinar.

Cost?

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar. If you need assistance, please email us at info@biochar-international.org.

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Sewage Sludge & Biochar

04/26/2017

April 26, 2017 • 1:00- 2:30pm EST

As the world’s population continues to increase, our need to find sustainable methods of managing human waste becomes increasingly more important.  Carbonizing waste through pyrolysis or gasification offers some significant advantages over other common waste management practices including substantial reductions in the overall volume of waste, nutrient recovery, renewable energy production, reducing GHG emissions related to wastewater management, immobilization of toxins, to name a few. This webinar will be of interest to wastewater treatment managers both in the developed and developing world, biochar producers, researchers, climate researchers and more.  An interactive Q&A period will follow at the end of the Webinar.

Cost?

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar. If you need assistance, please email us at info@biochar-international.org.

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Biochar Analytical Methods

03/27/2017

March 27, 2017  •  4:30 – 6:00pm EST

The soon-to-be-released book “Biochar: A Guide to Alalytical Methods” provides procedures and guidelines for biochar characterization as well as backgrounds for the various proposed techniques and procedures.  Dr. Balwant Singh is one of the lead editors for this book and will highlight some of the most useful information from this book including the proper way to obtain samples and a selection of analytical techniques.  He will address proximate & elemental analysis, as well as testing of pH, electrical conductivity, liming potential, and cation exchange capacity.  This webinar will be of interest to biochar producers, researchers, laboratories and more.  An interactive Q&A period will follow Dr. Singh’s presentation.

Cost?

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members. (Not a member yet? Click here to join and get webinars free for a year, and lots of other benefits!)

To Access:

Non-members may purchase access to the archived webinar for a $40 fee as soon as the webinar is posted.  If you are a member and are expecting to access the webinar for free, please log in first and return to this page for the members registration link to appear. 

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar. If you need assistance, please email us at info@biochar-international.org.

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