USBI Biochar Conferences

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    Scaling the Biochar Industry
    (2013-10-15) Hirst, Peter; Ravenhill, Amanda; Hollister, Barry
    Peter Hirst’s presentation looks into the fundamental forces and potential influences and tools at work in the scaling of a biochar industry. These forces and tools are found in the historic development of analogous industries: composting, natural gas production and distribution, electric power generation, residential home building, politics, and more. Through a decidedly Darwinian lens, it is seen that the inherent nature of biochar, dependent on local production and processing of low value feedstocks, would naturally evolve much in the way of the closely related compost industry, into relatively local, small-scale but widely distributed enterprises within identifiable carbon sheds. Other concepts explored will include memetic engineering, intelligent design, and efficiency threshold Systems Thinking and Sizing the Biochar Industry Biochar is a systems solution, addressing multiple problems at once. This presentation will start by giving a system’s context for biochar through describing systems thinking principles and disciplines like the Natural Step and Permaculture, two excellent tools for marketing biochar. This context will set the base for looking at the sustainable business trends that will predict the growth of the biochar industry. We will dive into four specific markets that will complement the growth of the biochar market - biofuels, waste-to-energy, biofertilizers, and remediation- and deliver market sizing projections for the biochar industry. Finally, we will review a couple stories of growth from other industries - the wind energy industry and organic dairy industry- to offer hope for how quickly the biochar industry can scale in the next five years. Community Supported Agricultural and Energy financial models offer a realistic opportunity for local communities to deploy the science and synergies of Energy, Biochar and Agriculture to create the currencies that drive local economies while enhancing health, enriching wealth, securing local high nutrient food and renewable clean energy and contributing to the mitigation from adversities of climate disruption. Barry Hollister's presentation identifies barriers to growth and applicable solutions for hurtling these impediments to realize the potential for scaling the industry by embracing the promise of Biochar.
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    Biochar Business Development
    (2013-10-16) Miles, Tom; Hunt, Josiah; McMullen, Brian; Gaunt, John
    Biochar entrepreneurs face challenges in starting new businesses, marketing new ideas, developing marketable products and providing customer support. Experience and ideas are presented by an engineering consultant, entrepreneurs, and soil scientists with project and commercial experience. Opportunities and Challenges for Biochar Entrepreneurs – Tom Miles, NW Biochar Working Group , Oregon Commercial experience in the Pacific Northwest region shows that soil and plant needs must lead product and process development and demonstration. Beyond Plain Biochar: Post-Pyrolysis Processes to Improve Economic Efficiency of Biochar Applications. - Josiah Hunt, Hawaii Biochar, Hawaii An active demonstration of some reasonably priced ways of improving biochar and tailoring it to the needs of farmers and other consumers. Biochar/Compost as a reclamation medium on public lands: multiple land use applications on the White River National Forest, Colorado. - Brian McMullen, Andrew Harley, Morgan Williams, and Jonah Levine Practical experience and preliminary results are presented for the first years of using biochar and compost mixtures in multiple revegetation and reclamation projects in the White River National Forest, Colorado. Products for the Nurseries - John Gaunt, Green Tree Garden Supply, New York. A commercial soil scientist’s view on why producers need to understand the nursery industry for biochar to become commercially viable.
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    High Carbon Wood Ash
    (2013-10-15) Coughlan, Brian; Carpenter, Andrew; Miedema, John
    Ash from biomass boilers that contains high concentrations of carbon has been found to have biochar-like properties. Three experts describe the commercial use of high carbon wood ash as a compost additive, as a soil amendment for fertility and remediation, for stormwater filtration, and for traditional liming. High Carbon Wood Ash Applications & Potential Uses - Brian Coughlan, Wood Ash Industries, Ontario, Canada Public and private research has found that high carbon wood ash is a promising tool for environmental cleanup and in agricultural applications, with some of the same characteristics as biochar. High Carbon Wood Fly Ash as a Biochar Soil Amendment-Andrew Carpenter, Northern Tilth, Maine Northern Tilth studied high carbon fly ash blended with low fertility, slightly acidic top soil, among the results: the pH of the soil changed, but the plant tests suggested that there were no adverse effects. Biomass Boiler Biochar in Stormwater Filtration - John Miedema, Biological Carbon, Oregon Char from biomass boilers has applications in stormwater control, industrial roof drains, green roofs, erosion control, and bioswales.
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    Commercial Tree Care & Forestry
    (2013-10-16) Scharenbroch, Bryant; Page, Alan
    This session will present work and findings on the value of biochar in caring for commercially valuable trees including urban and landscape trees, orchard trees and forest trees. Presentations will cover the economic benefits of using biochar to promote tree growth and health, application methods and cost for applying biochar. Biochar for Urban Tree Care: Bryant Scharenbroch, Morten Arboretum Identification of Local Forest Species for a Variety of Char Application Techniques: Alan Page, Green Diamond Systems Links from Alan Page: 1) First Principles: 2) Forest Management Tools:!181&authkey=!AGW4dEdG2zXKXPU 3) "draft Definition of Conservation": 4) Essential Tenets for Maintaining Our Common Good: 5) MA Forest Management Policy Statement:
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    Labeling Biochar Products
    (2013-10-15) Wilson, Kelpie; Yarrow, David; Anderson, Renel
    Making Claims for Biochar: Kelpie Wilson Cool Foods: David Yarrow, KAW Valley Biochar OMRI Certification: Renel Anderson, Black Owl Biochar