Improving soils through biochar: the water bed method

By MEADOWCREEK The daffodils are blooming everywhere here in the Delta. Spring is coming, but the winter rains are hanging on, keeping us from doing much in the garden–except making biochar. Biochar is the most revolutionary change in farming since organic methods. Biochar improves soil health by improving soil structure, increasing organic matter, reducing soil … Continue reading Improving soils through biochar: the water bed method


By SUNSET112 Biochar charcoal used as a soil amendment. It’s made from biomass (waste material from farming and can be used for energy production or raw material for manufacturing chemicals) via pyrolysis (heating of organic materials like in cooking when you cook food, the temperature of the food increase leading to higher molecule vibration). There … Continue reading BIOCHAR


Shit is not that shitty these days. In our fast depleting world, this most despised human creation is becoming a promising resource and at last gaining its rightful status. As for example, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to reinvent toilet technology, maximise the utilisation of this so-called waste. Estimated … Continue reading FINDING GLORY IN SHITTY MATTERS

13 October 2014

The Biochar Edition. Why the decline in golf is great for the environment. Click here Biochar works 'magic' in the soil almost immediately. Click here Fuel and biochar from the one renewable source. Click here A green space integrating energy, food and sustainability. Click here Bioenergy: Australia's forgotten renewable energy source. Click here Biochar improves … Continue reading 13 October 2014

Pyrolysis – generating heat, steam, and electricity from organic waste

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With the advent of new technologies and processes, treating and converting organic waste into renewable energy has become simpler and more effective. One such technique widely used to convert waste to energy is Pyrolysis. Pyrolysis is the thermal decomposition of organic waste (biomass) in the absence of oxygen. By-products generated in this process include biochar, bio-oil, and gases such as methane, hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide. According to Wikipedia, the word ‘Pyrolysis’ is coined from the Greek-derived elements pyro meaning ‘fire’ and lysis meaning ‘separating’.

Pyrolysis finds extensive use in the chemical industry and also in some forms of cooking such as baking, frying, grilling, and caramelizing. However, this technique has found widespread adoption in the Waste Management Industry, where organic waste is chemically decomposed to generate synthesis gas, pyrolysis liquid, and solid char. Synthesis gas produced through this technique is used to generate electricity while pyrolysis liquid can…

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