Farmers rewarded for not burning crop stalks

From China News:

Cui Min, a 62-year-old farmer in the village of Lianhua, Yonghe, in Bin county, Heilongjiang province, recently finished harvesting his corn in much the same way he has for the past 40 years.

This year, however, after the harvest, he left the cut stalks standing in the fields instead of burning them.

“I signed a deal with a local company,” Cui said. “They will pack the crop stalks and carry them away. In return for the crop stalks, they will also plow my fields before sowing in the spring.”

Read more: http://www.ecns.cn/2014/12-09/145888.shtml


13 October 2014

The Biochar Edition.

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

This needs for promotion and use!

Mailhem Ikos Environment

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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