IBI Educational Webinar Series:
Forever no more – Biochar in PFAS Mitigation

January 27, 2023 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET (US)

Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of man-made chemicals, have been widely used in everything from firefighting to fabric, and carpets to cookware for decades. PFAS is pervasive and persistent, commonly referred to as a group of ‘forever chemicals’ which have been found in air, water, soil, flora and fauna including the vast majority of humans. Researchers have found PFAS exposure can lead to cancer, decreased fertility, hormone suppression, obesity and more.

Until recently there have been few, if any mechanisms for removing, remediating or destroying PFAS. New research has been demonstrating that pyrolysis and gasification have the potential to destroy PFAS. Equally exciting is that the resulting biochar can be used to sorb PFAS from wastewater and soils leading to significantly healthier outcomes.

This webinar will highlight extensive and encouraging research about PFAS, pyrolysis and biochar.

Presenters:

Gerard Cornelissen, technical expert at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute

Pål Jahre Nilsen, VP of Innovation for VOW will present both research findings and commercial opportunities

Free to IBI Members or $40 for non-members

To Register:
Register here – Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar.

Presenters:

Gerard Cornelissen, technical expert at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute

Gerard Cornelissen is a technical expert at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) and professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). He is leading the VOW project (Valorization of Organic Waste) where biochar is made from lightly contaminated waste such as sewage sludge, waste timber and biogas digestate. He is also coordinating projects on the agronomic and life-cycle aspects of biochar in Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda, currently training 8000 farmers in biochar and climate-smart agriculture. He has published 180 papers with 15000 citations.

Pål Jahre Nilsen, VP of Innovation for VOW will present both research findings and commercial opportunities

Pål Jahre Nilsen is the VP of Innovation for VOW, a company launched when ScanShip merged with Etia in 2018. He oversees the development of advanced waste management systems for Cruise, Aquaculture and land-based activities. Pyrolysis, carbon capture, biochar valorization.

Moderator:  Kathleen Draper

Kathleen is the Board Chair of the International Biochar Initiative. She is also the US Director of the Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence. The Institute is an open source network focusing on beneficial carbon sequestration strategies which simultaneously provide economic development opportunities both in the developed and developing world. In 2020 she helped launch C-interest, a start-up focused on creating biochar based composite materials. She has written extensively about various topics related to biochar and is a co-author of the book “Terra Preta: How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change and Reduce World Hunger” and “BURN: Using Fire to Cool the Earth”.