Bantrel Award in Design and Industrial Practice
A meeting of the Biochar for Carbon Capture members has been held in Montreal, Canada on May 30, 2014.
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.