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$365 Charcoal Retort

Friend of re:char and International Biochar Initiative Press Liason, Kelpie Wilson, recently posted an interesting slideshow describing her $365 charcoal retort kiln on her website. Kelpie’s design is simple and inexpensive, and based on her slideshow appears to work quite well. We invite you to visit her original post for the slideshow and how-to.

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Congo Biochar Initiative Receives Major Funding

Democratic Republic of the Congo re:char friends The Biochar Fund recently won a €300,000 grant from the Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF) to impliment the biochar concept in 10 villages  in the Equateur Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Biochar Fund team believes the project provides further scientific validation of the biochar concept, […]

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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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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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