Supporting Biochar development?
I have to say I was dismayed after reading this article. Australia’s federal governments climate change bureaucracy waste of financial resources is unbelievable, this money should be going into on ground farm research and helping to develop practical engineering solutions. Australia’s support of clean carbonisation technology to date is an industry joke. Sounds like lots of carbon is going up in smoke in Canberra with no carbon reduction or biochar being produced. =)
For those who may not understand how biochar production can be an all round carbon reduction and financially beneficial technology. I will try to quickly explain a best case project.
If I was to install a continues pyrolysis unit at an existing industrial complex. This complex produces a woody waste product, has a high nutrient waste water and has an expensive gas/power bill from heating requirements. We can process onsite, taking this woody waste and cleanly converting the mobile carbon into fixed carbon quality biochar which will permanently improve soil quality, reducing water and fertiliser needs. During the process to make the biochar our self fuelling low emission system produces MW’s of free heat energy. The complexes waste water is used the quench the biochar absorbing it’s nutrient load. So is this smart technology that could be rolled out and exported? Well we have already exported it, but to date our home ground take up or support of the technology to date has been painfully slow with a vacant space for federal or state support.
As someone who has put years of unpaid work, my life savings, blood, sweat and third degree burns into developing one of the world’s leading biochar companies. Reading about the waste in Canberra is frustrating to say the least.
Please note this is my personal option. =)