Biochar Research and Development.

Bioenergy technologies such as pyrolysis could play an important role in the Australian agriculture and horticultural industries and farmers better utilise waste resources to produce energy and nutrient/carbon rich by-products.

If the industry is going to be successful there is going to be need to understand these by-products better and how they can benefit the bottom line of farmers. This is why Energy Farmers is placing a high emphasis on biochar research and we are keen to partner up with various stakeholders to achieve this goal.

Our Biochar Research and Development Priorities

Our priorities include (but are not limited to):

  • Yield response of applying biochar to soils
  • Soil pH response to biochar applications
  • Live weight gain from addition of biochar to feed in cattle, sheep and poultry
  • Methane reductions from addition of biochar to feed in cattle
  • Greenhouse gas emission reductions from using biochar as a bedding material in the poultry industry
  • Testing various feedstocks through our pyrolysis kiln for energy output and biochar yield/quality.
Past Biochar Research and Development

We have been involved in a series of trials with 3 grower groups across Western Australia. These trials looked at the handling issues of applying biochar to soils, as well as yield response. Find more information here.

2015 Biochar Research and Development Update

We applied and were successful in a funding application to the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) to look at potash response to applications of biochar in wheat. The trial not only gives us the opportunity to look at potash response but also trial a range of different biochar/fertiliser treatments. Read more here.

We have also been funded by Innovation WA to carry out emissions testing through the Energy Farmer Process. We will trial poultry manure and human waste bio-solids initially and the results will give a good indication of how the process in performing environmentally. Find more information here.

How you can get involved

If you are a farmer, work in the Ag service industry or just have a few ideas on how biochar could benefit your operation we want to hear from you. For more information on biochar research please contact us.

Biochar research resources

International Biochar Initiative

CSIRO