Biochar

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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Biochar Workshop – Elmore Victoria

Biochar learning in the bush.

We recently attended a biochar workshop held in Elmore Victoria, Australia. The 2 day event run by the Kyneton Transition Hub and Bendigo Sustainability Group attracted a diverse crowd with a range of experience in the production and use of biochar.

Dr Stephen Joseph and Dr Paul Taylor ran proceedings and shared their knowledge. Attendees were treated to some of the latest findings in biochar research as well as some “hands on” practical ...

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Biochar in the ground in Western Australia.

May was a busy month for Energy Farmers. Tom Vogan, Wayne Phillips from AV Engineering in Northam and myself spent a week laying down our biochar trials with the grower groups we are working with. Mingenew Irwin Group (MIG), Moora Miling Pasture Improvement Group (MMPIG) and North Stirling Pallinup Natural Resources (NSPNRM) all participated in the trails ...

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Getting biochar back into the soil – Subsoiling

As part of Energy Farmers Australia’s building biochar capacity project, we are looking at the options to get biochar back into the soil in Australian agricultural systems.

Biochar is hard to handle as it’s powdery so it does not spread well. It takes a lot of processing to get it into a form (granulation and pelletising) that can utilise farmers existing equipment.

While char does not spread all that ...

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