Date published: 03rd March 2010
Publication: Science Network WA
Editor: David Satterthwaite
Author: Marisa Wikramanayake
Title: Biochar breakthrough benefits environment and energy
Link to full article: Biochar breakthrough benefits environment and energy
A PERTH company has developed a process that will deliver water supplies, renewable energy for the power grid and increased crop yields, while potentially addressing issues of soil salinity and fertility.
Project Rainbow Bee Eater Pty Ltd has been working on biochar processes, which uses pyrolysis to convert waste plant material into charcoal that can be buried in the soil. The addition of charcoal changes the soil temperature, pH and can lead to increased crop yields while the process of pyrolysis creates plentiful gas and water.