Feedstocks & Production

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Characterizations of Biochar

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Wiley Barbour presentation

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Hugh McLaughlin presentation

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Jeff Licht presentation

Location

CC 163

Start Date

14-10-2013 10:00 AM

End Date

14-10-2013 11:20 AM

Session Description

The McShields Method and differentiating Biochar properties: Jeff Licht, Hugh McLaughlin

The McShields Method divides a biochar into moisture, ash, mobile matter and resident matter, with additional properties of each subset being relevant depending on the biochar application. The method has the advantage of simplicity and low instrumentation cost. There are other simple tests that provide insights into biochar impact on soil blends, such as the effect on soil matrix plasticity, shrinkage and moisture retention. The McShields Method will be summarized, with what is being measured and insight into the biochar impact in the soil performance. Additional discussion of specialized non-standard assays will be provided.

Jeff Licht: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw9rKkRW9_g

Hugh McLaughlin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxRnmVd2oeM

Authors: Hugh McLaughlin, Frank Shields, Jeff Licht

IBI Biochar Standards and Certification Program: Wiley Barbour

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SezxPAfRqM

For a sustainable biochar industry to succeed, it must provide certainty to consumers and markets about biochar and its safe use as a soil amendment. The Standardized Product Definition and Product Testing Guidelines for Biochar That Is Used in Soil (IBI Biochar Standards) provides the tools needed to universally and consistently define what biochar is, and to confirm that a product intended for sale or use as biochar possesses the necessary characteristics for safe use. In May 2013, IBI officially launched the IBI Biochar Certification Program. With this program biochar manufacturers are able to certify that their product meets quality standards and is safe for application to soils. Once certified, biochars can carry the “IBI Certified Biochar” seal on their product label. The IBI Biochar Standards serve as the foundation for the IBI Biochar Certification Program and certification approval requires that biochar(s) pass testing requirements specified by the IBI Biochar Standards. This presentation will review progress to date on the launch of the IBI Biochar Certification Program.

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Hugh McLaughlin

Frank Shields is an environmental chemist at Control Laboratories and has conducted lab testing of organic materials such as biofuels, biodegradable plastics, compost, biomass, chars, emissions, liquid products, water and plant materials for the past 40 years.

Wiley Barbour, P.E. is a licensed professional engineer with 20 years of relevant experience in growing new markets for environmental products and services, and technical expertise in greenhouse gas emissions, climate change strategies, and project management. Prior to joining IBI, Mr. Barbour worked for Camco Clean Energy, a project development company investing in emission reduction projects around the world. Mr. Barbour previously served as the Executive Director of Environmental Resources Trust, an early pioneer in market based solutions to environmental problems. At ERT he developed standards and protocols for the emerging carbon market, working with a variety of governmental and corporate clients. After leading ERT into a merger with Winrock International, he helped to found and launch the American Carbon Registry. As a Senior Policy Analyst in the US Environmental Protection Agency in the Clinton Administration, Mr. Barbour was responsible for the US Government's Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory Program. At the EPA, he participated in numerous US delegations to the United Nations climate change negotiations, and contributed to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Jeff Licht has studied green roofs in the U.S., Canada, Israel and the Caribbean and taught about environmental and sustainability technologies at Harvard and Tufts and is currently an adjunct research professor at the University of Massachusetts. To further his green roof credential, Licht was invited to the Centre for the Environment at the University of Torontoas a Fulbright Scholar in 2010.

 
Oct 14th, 10:00 AM Oct 14th, 11:20 AM

Characterizations of Biochar

CC 163

The McShields Method and differentiating Biochar properties: Jeff Licht, Hugh McLaughlin

The McShields Method divides a biochar into moisture, ash, mobile matter and resident matter, with additional properties of each subset being relevant depending on the biochar application. The method has the advantage of simplicity and low instrumentation cost. There are other simple tests that provide insights into biochar impact on soil blends, such as the effect on soil matrix plasticity, shrinkage and moisture retention. The McShields Method will be summarized, with what is being measured and insight into the biochar impact in the soil performance. Additional discussion of specialized non-standard assays will be provided.

Jeff Licht: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw9rKkRW9_g

Hugh McLaughlin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxRnmVd2oeM

Authors: Hugh McLaughlin, Frank Shields, Jeff Licht

IBI Biochar Standards and Certification Program: Wiley Barbour

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SezxPAfRqM

For a sustainable biochar industry to succeed, it must provide certainty to consumers and markets about biochar and its safe use as a soil amendment. The Standardized Product Definition and Product Testing Guidelines for Biochar That Is Used in Soil (IBI Biochar Standards) provides the tools needed to universally and consistently define what biochar is, and to confirm that a product intended for sale or use as biochar possesses the necessary characteristics for safe use. In May 2013, IBI officially launched the IBI Biochar Certification Program. With this program biochar manufacturers are able to certify that their product meets quality standards and is safe for application to soils. Once certified, biochars can carry the “IBI Certified Biochar” seal on their product label. The IBI Biochar Standards serve as the foundation for the IBI Biochar Certification Program and certification approval requires that biochar(s) pass testing requirements specified by the IBI Biochar Standards. This presentation will review progress to date on the launch of the IBI Biochar Certification Program.