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re:char Demonstrates Mobile Pyrolysis Technology

Brooklyn, NY re:char’s technology development arm publicly demonstrated one of its prototype small-scale, mobile pyrolyzers. The unit was built and tested at re:char’s fabrication lab in Bushwick, Brooklyn. This unit is capable of processing wood and ag waste with a bulk particle size of up to 1/2 inch in diameter. In its first public demonstration, […]

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Terra Preta de Indio

Once upon a time, way back in the sixteenth century, the Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Orellana was the first European explorer to travel up the Amazon River and into the Rio Negro, a huge tributary, upriver from present-day Manaus.

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Make Your Own Biochar

Friend of re:char and biochar researcher Folke Günther provides handy and easy-to-follow instructions on how to construct a simple, two-barrel biomass pyrolyzer at home. Folke’s Simple Charcoal Retort consists of two nested steel barrels, and can be made using recycled or locally-available materials. While the system is not designed to produce fuel oil, it does […]

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Terra Preta Signatures

The above is a video from re:char fellow Dr. N. Sai Bhaskar Reddy. He describes the video as follows: This is an effort to discover the Terra Preta Signatures by observing several fields in parts of India in the last 5 months. I had the hypothesis that if terra preta soils happened in Amazon basin, […]

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Biochar gets a Cartoon

Our friends over at Worldchanging just posted a cartoon describing biochar and its benefits, created by cartoonist Andy Lubershane. The post alludes to some of the criticism surrounding industrialized production of biochar, and raises some interesting points of debate in the comments: I have a belief that biochar can be employed wisely.It is up to […]

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More Confusion re: Biochar

Confusion continues to rein as bloggers and experts challenge many of the claims of the biochar community. We have previously posted about the Biochar Wars, and are alarmed by the lack of understanding demonstrated by many of these critics. Understandably, many are weary of a new ‘magic bullet’ solution to climate change, particularly after the […]

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Biochar Profiled on CNN

CNN Tech offers some of the first mainstream media coverage of the emerging biochar revolution. The segment includes both text and video and profiles the work of researchers Chris Steiner and Brian Bibens at the University of Georgia. Biochar is considered by many scientists to be the “black gold” for agriculture. Its high carbon content […]

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