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Bantrel Award in Design and Industrial Practice

Congratulation to Dr. Ajay Dalai, from University of Saskatchewan, on winning the 2014 Bantrel Award in Design and Industrial Practice.

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Members meeting

A meeting of the Biochar for Carbon Capture members has been held in Montreal, Canada on May 30, 2014. 

Pyro2014 Conference

The network members Franco Berruti and Ondrej Masek participated and presented papers at the Pyrolysis 2014 Conference which has been recently held in Birmingham, UK.

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What is Biochar?

What is Biochar?

Biochar is a solid, carbon-rich co-product formed from thermal decomposition of organic matter in the absence of oxygen.

With high levels of stable carbon, biochar is a porous soil enhancer that can supply minerals, prevent nutrients leaching and water contamination, and retain soil moisture. As a result, a portion of the carbon removed from the atmosphere by plants via photosynthesis is locked in the biochar and stored in soil. Extensive studies of biochar-rich dark earths in the Amazonia region (terra preta) have led to a wider appreciation for biochar’s soil enhancement and carbon storage properties.