2016 Poultry Litter Biochar Trials

We are very pleased to be the recipient of another round of Northern Agriculture Catchments Council’s (NACC’s) Farm Demonstration Grants Scheme. The 2016 poultry litter biochar trials is our third successful application and it’s great to see our local NRM group supporting farmers in the Northern Ag Region doing their own research.

2015 Biochar Trials

Last year we ran a similar trial through the program on Jib JIb Farm in Northampton. The initial aim of the trial was to see ...

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Macadamia Shell Biochar

Background

Macadamia shells in white bulka bags We were approached to investigate the potential to produce macadamia shell biochar from our process. After discussions we were sent 2 bulka bags (approx. 1000kg) of macadamia shell from Queensland. Production of macadamia shell biochar was conducted on the 27/7/2015.

Macadamia shell has many uses, including:

  • Fuel for bioenergy and cooking
  • Activated Carbon
  • Compost

Objectives

The objectives of the processing were to assess:

  • Materials ...
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Biochar Emission Testing

We are very pleased to announce that we have received funding from Innovation Centre WA to conduct biochar emission testing on our pyrolysis process. The biochar emissions testing is very important in the commercialisation of our technology and will provide invaluable feedback going forward.

We are focusing the biochar emission testing on two industries where our technology could be utilised, poultry farms and waste water treatment. This funding will enable us to perform biochar emissions testing on sewage sludge and ...

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WA Biochar Trials

We are pleased to announce that our application to the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) to run biochar trials has been successful.

The primary aim of the biochar trials is to demonstrate potassium response to the application of wheat straw biochar to soil in a cereal crop.

Australian farmers are burning crop residue to control chemical resistant weeds. Farmers have the opportunity to capture this residue to produce bioenergy and biofuels. To achieve this outcome it is important to understand ...

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Building a Biochar Kiln

Building a Biochar Kiln – Lessons Learn’t

Drivers

Firstly, we were engaged by Chandala Poultry to design a system that would recover the energy from chicken litter the farm produces and use it to meet the farms energy requirements. We did look at other bioenergy technologies including anaerobic digestion but decided, after consultation with the owner, on pyrolysis.

Secondly, technologies to produce biochar in Australia are either too big, needing thousands of tonnes of feedstock to be viable and ...

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Energy Farmers Australia builds WA’s first mobile biochar kiln

Energy Farmers Australia is pleased to announce the development of our first mobile biochar kiln. The kiln has been in the pipeline for well over a year and we have just finished construction. We are in the process of commissioning the unit and expect to have it operating in the the next couple of months.

This unit is mobile and will process approx. 200-300 kg/hour. Initially we will use it to produce biochar for field trials and to demonstrate bioenergy technology ...

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Glenvar Harvest Direct – A bioenergy and weed management tool

The emerging bioenergy industry will create opportunities for farmers to control weeds as farmers look at efficient and cost effective ways to capture biomass such as wheat straw to feed bioenergy projects. In the process, machines like the Glenvar Harvest Direct could be the tool that farmers use to not only harvest this resource but remove weeds seeds from paddocks as well.

Currently most farmers either lay the crop residue in rows and burn it, or use chaff carts to capture ...

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Wheat straw for bioenergy

A case for wheat straw for bioenergy!

West Australian agricultural cropping systems have wheat straw in abundance and at the moment we are not utilising this resource to our and our communities’ advantage. Wheat straw for bioenergy is a feasible option and Energy Farmers is working to develop projects that use wheat straw for bioenergy.

Current situation

Most farmers in Western Australia are cropping year in year out. Wheat, canola and lupins grown in rotation gives farmers the option of using alternative chemicals ...

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Anaerobic Digestion 101

Anaerobic Digestion TankThe Anaerobic digestion process or AD for short uses micro-organisms to break down organic materials in the absence of oxygen to produce biogas and bioenergy.

Stages of anaerobic digestion

The anaerobic digestion process

What is biogas?

Biogas is a gas comprised mainly of methane. Methane is highly combustible and can be used for heating, cooling and electrical generation. See below ...

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