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  • Is biochar the answer for ag?

    Scientists demonstrate that biochar, a type charcoal applied to soils in order to capture and store carbon, can reduce emissions of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, and inorganic nitrogen runoff from agriculture settings. The finding will help develop strategies and technologies to reduce soil nitrous oxide emissions and reduce agriculture’s influence on climate change. A research ...

  • Cleantech Transit Extends Business Model With Biochar

    Cleantech Transit Inc. ("Cleantech or the Company") (OTCBB: CLNO) is pleased to announce that a byproduct known as Biochar, which results from the gasification process at the 500 KW Merced County plant, has been produced without any additional processing at the power plant. Biochar is a fine-grained charcoal made by pyrolysis. Pyrolysis means heating biomass (wood, manure, crop residues, solid ...


    By CleanTech Transit Inc.

  • Can biochar help suppress greenhouse gases?

    Nitrous oxide is a potent greenhouse gas and a precursor to compounds that contribute to the destruction of the ozone. Intensively managed, grazed pastures are responsible for an increase in nitrous oxide emissions from grazing animals’ excrement. Biochar is potentially a mitigation option for reducing the world’s elevated carbon dioxide emissions, since the embodied carbon can be ...

  • Former U.S. forest supervisor discusses `Biochar` as possible carbon-negative energy source for montana`s renewable energy future

    Ceres launched its second episode in a three-part podcast series exploring Montana’s clean energy future. The episode features Gloria Flora, former U.S. Forest supervisor and founder and director of Sustainable Obtainable Solutions, an organization dedicated to the sustainability of public lands. Listen to the podcast here: ...

  • Pyrolysis plant TDP-2-200 at the international oil and gas exhibition MIOGE-2015

    TDP-2-200 is the solution for critical waste management in oil and gas industry. It processes drilling waste and oil sludge and converts them into valuable substances: boiler fuel, gas and high quality biochar. The final products of pyrolysis process are not only excellent substitute for fossil fuels but as commodity yielding significant value in green ...


    By IPEC

  • Limitations of charcoal as an effective carbon sink

    Fire-derived charcoal is thought to be an important carbon sink. However, a SLU paper in Science shows that charcoal promotes soil microbes and causes a large loss of soil carbon. There has been greatly increasing attention given to the potential of ‘biochar’, or charcoal made from biological tissues (e.g., wood) to serve as a long term sink of carbon in the soil. This is because charcoal is ...


  • Wales builds `unique` biomass plant

    Wales is to build its ‘first’ biochar facility, which will produce charcoal from dry organic waste. Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) is to purchase a purpose built plant after the Welsh Assembly Government’ s Academic Expertise for Business programme (A4B) provided it with £180,000. Biochar, produced by burning biomass through pyrolysis, ...

  • EPA awards $30,000 to Arizona State University sustainable design teams

    Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded a total of $30,000 in grants to two student teams Arizona State University to design a new, less expensive solar energy prototype and the development of gasification and biochar retort technologies, a more sustainable approach to agricultural waste. Both projects are part of EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) program. ...

  • ZeroPoint Clean Tech Powers European Grid Produces Carbon-Negative Heat and Power

     ZeroPoint Clean Tech, Inc. (ZeroPoint) today announced that its biomass gasification solution produced carbon negative heat and power for the last half-month of its 2011 operations in Germany. The carbon negative process utilizes biomass to create renewable gas and yields biochar as a co-product. Biochar is a highly stable form of sequestered carbon with multiple ...


    By ZeroPoint Clean Tech, Inc.

  • ANDRITZ SEPARATION to supply drying equipment for biosolids recovery plant in California, USA

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Kore Infrastructure to supply a paddle dryer for a biosolids recovery plant currently under construction in Rialto, California, USA. In the plant, biosolids from wastewater facilities in Los Angeles and which have normally gone to landfill will be converted into biodiesel and biochar. Start-up is scheduled for the second quarter of ...

  • ZeroPoint Clean Tech, Inc. Announces Solution That Extends Life of Landfill Gas Energy Projects

    ZeroPoint Clean Tech, Inc. announced an initiative to extend the life of landfill gas energy projects. Biomass gasification can extend the life and value of these energy-producing assets through on-site production of gas for existing gas engines and transmission grid connections. The ZeroPoint Renewable CHP Solution produces synthesis gas that is suitable for blending with landfill gas to operate ...


    By ZeroPoint Clean Tech, Inc.

  • Ode`s top 10 positive stories from 2010

    Good news rarely makes the headlines... except in Ode. To celebrate 2010-and anticipate more good news to come in 2011-we'd like to share with you Ode's 10 most positive stories from the year that was. On our list are stories about how co-ops are merging economic growth with social goals, ...

  • Biomass Gasifier Fuels Electricity Generation, Sells Renewable Power to Grid

    ZeroPoint Clean Tech, Inc. (ZeroPoint) today announced the completion of phase one of the field commissioning of its ZeroPoint Renewable CHP Solution™ at a project site in Schwarze Pumpe, Germany. The field commissioning included operation of a reciprocating gas engine fueled by synthesis gas and synchronization of the generator with the local distribution grid, securing a ...


    By ZeroPoint Clean Tech, Inc.

  • Problem-solving Studies on Biomass Gasification, Waste Water Treatment Enabled by VR Grants

    Bio4Energy researchers have won funds for carrying out scientific studies on reducing soot formation in biomass gasification for making biofuels, as well as two projects on water purification in developing countries. The prestigious Swedish ...


    By Bio4Energy

  • Scientists turn oily soil into productive ground

    Scientists are cleaning soil contaminated by oil spills in a way that saves energy and reclaims the soil's productivity, using a process known as pyrolysis, which involves heating contaminated soils in the absence of oxygen. They use a process known as pyrolysis, which involves heating contaminated soils in the absence of oxygen. This approach is much better for the environment than standard ...


    By Rice University

  • Four fast-action strategies to tackle abrupt climate change

    A new study has assessed the potential of several 'fast-action' climate change mitigation strategies. Key options are reducing use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), reducing emissions of black carbon and ozone-forming pollutants, and sequestering carbon through afforestation and biochar production. Research has indicated that current emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) have committed the planet to ...

  • STRUBIAS working group

    STRUBIAS TWG: Technical working group for the development of possible process and product criteria for sturvite, biochar and ash based products for use in fertilisng products. The Commission services have selected 31 members and 2 observers for STRUBIAS expert group on recovery rules for fertilising products. Terra Humana Ltd. has been selected as a Member of the STUBIAS expert ...


    By Terra Humana Ltd.

  • ZeroPoint Clean Tech Announces Second Live Biomass Gasification Power Plant and More to Follow

    ZeroPoint Clean Tech, Inc. (ZeroPoint) today announced that its second biomass gasification deployment is producing carbon negative heat and power. The second site to achieve successful grid connection is in Newry, Ireland. The first site is operational in Germany. ZeroPoint's carbon negative process utilizes biomass to create renewable gas and yields biochar as a co-product. Biochar is a highly ...


    By ZeroPoint Clean Tech, Inc.

  • New Waste-To-Energy Facility Will Provide Multiple Benefits for East Tennessee

    Sevier Solid Waste in Pigeon Forge, TN, has engaged PHG Energy (PHGE) to build a new biomass gasification plant capable of cleanly converting more than 30 tons of composted material daily into thermal energy while producing a valuable high-carbon biochar. “This new installation will help us reduce the amount of compost we need to transport by converting it into a biochar material, creating ...


    By PHG Energy, LLC

  • Sustainable corn production supports advanced biofuel feedstocks

    Researchers worldwide are trying to economically convert cellulosic biomass such as corn stover into 'cellulosic ethanol.' But Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have found that it might be more cost-effective, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable to use corn stover for generating an energy-rich oil called bio-oil and for making biochar to enrich soils and sequester ...

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