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Arundo donax Australian Wine
Arundo donax Australian Wine

From the South Australian Press:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-09/arundo-organic-temple-bruer/6533036#.VXaOiw3Z8rU.facebook

Barrie Williams the manager at Temple Bruer Winery in South Australia is using Arundo Donax to create biochar and sequester C in the soil of his winery. They started with 1.2 hectares which they will turn into biochar and blend into compost for use in their winery. They are looking forward to using the biochar to boost soil microbe habitat, and help them get even more benefit from their compost.

For more about Temple Bruer Wines http://www.templebruer.com.au/

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Bioenergy Earth Systems,
Melbourne, Australia

The proof of concept, Earth Systems’ CharMaker – Mobile Pyrolysis Plant (MPP 20 and MPP 40) is a ship-abple batch pyrolysis unit primarily designed for woody biomass.

The mobile unit was developed for the North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA) as part of with the support of the Victorian Government.

The mobile unit has been used to try out more than 20 feedstocks to make both conventional charcoal and Biochar.

For more information about Bioenergy Earth Systems, and the Earth Systems Charmaker see http://www.esenergy.com.au/

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The Kon-Tiki was developed by Hans-Peter Schmidt in Switzerland with the Ithaka Institute> based on the MOKI Cone Kiln from Japan.

There is a nice description in the video of air currents around the cone kilns. The Ton Tiki and The Tasmanian version developed by Frank Strie called the Kon-Tiki-Tas. Are both large - vinyard scale cone kilns.

Information about smaller kilns and backyard scale variations can be found at: http://backyardbiochar.net/

ABC Rural recently covered Euan Beamont, co-director of Energy Farmers Australia, they've been making a prototype kiln to create biochar

the original news article:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-19/the-sweet-smell-of-bio-char-produc...

and the video:

He is using the system primarily to make biochar from manure and from wheat, and has done some test fires with box thorn.

More info about Energy Farmers Australia
http://www.energyfarmers.com.au

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James Cook University in Australia are working on a research project where biochar is specifically mixed in at an early stage of the composting project, COMBI-mix, to determine the impact on carbon sequestration and model the impacts on the agricultural impacts.

direct link:
https://plone.jcu.edu.au/researchatjcu/research/tess/Projects/australia/...

TESS project leader: Michael Bird

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Published on Nov 2, 2012 by CentralWestCMA

Nyngan district farmers saw first hand technology which turns invasive native scrub (INS, also known as woody weeds) into an agricultural resource at a Central West Catchment Management Authority (CMA) field day on Thursday 25 October 2012.
The mobile biochar plant was on demonstration on 'Wilgadale' and transforms woody waste material into biochar without the conventional costs of chipping and transport.

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The article is great....really speaks to the soil food web elephant in the room. but then closes with accounting, said SOC elephant, little weight beyond 3.66 X elemental carbon. The compost & compost tea focus, the 74% NH3 savings, 110,000 plant chemical signals, speaks elegantly to what husbandry of wee-beasties can achieve.
The Meta-Study on Syn-N Research conducted on the Morrow plots, that Barry Hayes mentions in the article, I cite often myself. Even with crop genetics being pushed to concentrate sugars in above ground biomass, that study by Illinois and ISU settled the SOC question.

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December, 2011

The Austrialian Department of Agriculture of Fisheries and Forestry has issued a thoughtful summary paper that surveys the existing research on with biochar, and its implications for agriculture and suggests further areas of research.

Download the paper here:
Biochar: implications for agricultural productivity

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Biochar Industries in Kunghur NSW Australia was the setting for this momentous occasion. Monday 16th of May 2011.

With an even bigger surprise to come this statement by an Australian Biochar Expert.

“This is the first Adam Retort in Australia and it will be the first commercial Adam retort in the western world” Said Dr Paul Taylor PhD Author and Editor of the Book The Biochar Revolution. This statement had Charmaster Dolph Cooke falling off his chair.

Read the whole story on www.biocharproject.org.

Story by Charmaster Dolph Cooke

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Biochar Basics
with Charmaster Dolph Cooke from
Biochar Industries

When : 28th may at 9:00am…
Where : Bio Organic Farm
2 Boulder Byangum NSW 2484
Duration : 3 hours
Cost : $15.00 per person.
Contact : Zehavit & Avi

E: organic_farm@bigpond.com T: +61 2 6672 7078

You will learn –
• How to make Biochar
• How to condition Biochar
• Some of Biochar’s amazing properties
• How to create your own free kiln
• About Biochar Learning Circles locally
• Hands on practical applications for Biochar

Plus get to have your questions answered over a cuppa and a fire whilst networking with likeminded farmers and gardeners

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=174333195954963
http://biocharproject.org/biochar-basics-show-28th-byangum-nsw-australia/

Charmaster Dolph Cooke

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