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#308854 - 10/08/18 01:07 PM The Magic of Biochar
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Excellent video

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#308876 - 10/08/18 10:00 PM Re: The Magic of Biochar [Re: logtroll]
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It's the Despair Quotient!
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Hey, that was an excellent film!
Now I totally understand what it's all about!
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#308878 - 10/08/18 10:21 PM Re: The Magic of Biochar [Re: Jeffery J. Haas]
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We just signed the contract on a grant for a pilot project to heat a college classroom building while making biochar from forest thinning waste biomass. Here is the press release:

SWEI/Trollworks grant

September 21, 2018

Two local businesses have been awarded a US Forest Service Collaborative Forest Restoration grant for a woody biomass utilization pilot project in partnership with Northern New Mexico College. Southwest Energy Integrators, an innovative building energy systems design/build business, and The Trollworks, a biochar equipment manufacturing company, have teamed up to create what they call Biochar+Energy Systems. The project will run three years on a $358,086 budget.

“Biochar” is a form of charcoal that is effective in improvement of soil health and for water purification and mine reclamation. Waste woody biomass is heated under controlled conditions to produce smoke, which is burned for energy, leaving the valuable char behind. Char can persist in the soil for thousands of years and is an effective way to sequester CO2 from the atmosphere.

Gordon West, CEO of The Trollworks, said, “Our Biochar+Energy Systems extract carbon from the air (through plants) and put it back in the ground, while generating energy and improving the environment, and makes money in the process. The coal industry extracts carbon from the ground and puts it in the air, at great environmental cost. We are “reverse coal mining”, in every way.”

The project will install a Biochar+Energy boiler system, manufactured in Santa Clara at Gila WoodNet, to heat a campus classroom building, processing biomass into feedstock pellets used both to heat the building and to make biochar. This system, designed and built by The Trollworks, is a new technology that utilizes low-value biomass (small trees, brush, slash, bark, and other agricultural wastes) while making biochar.

“When you account for the biochar sales, this system will actually make money for NNMC while heating the building, instead costing over $30,000 in propane expense,” said Kurt Albershardt, owner of Southwest Energy Integrators here in Silver City. “The list of benefits is amazingly long, but the most impressive is that the end result is significantly carbon negative - it will reduce the amount of CO2 in the air instead of increasing it.”

NNMC students will participate in experiential learning related to: biomass harvest and processing; Biochar+Energy production; use of biochar in soil; carbon sequestration; and biochar for mine reclamation and aquifer contamination remediation. The system will provide a focus for hands-on STEM and business education. Regional public education will be conducted via annual expositions of the system, and collaborators will share information on the project through their existing regional, national, and international networks, including the International Biochar Initiative and the US Biochar initiative (see the IBI website for more information on biochar).
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#308879 - 10/09/18 12:51 AM Re: The Magic of Biochar [Re: logtroll]
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Too bad we don't have an operational carbon market. You could get lots of credit for sequestering carbon, and thus make even more money for the company.

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#308894 - 10/09/18 05:53 AM Re: The Magic of Biochar [Re: pondering_it_all]
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Originally Posted By: pondering_it_all
Too bad we don't have an operational carbon market. You could get lots of credit for sequestering carbon, and thus make even more money for the company.


Watch the movie, there's so much more to it than just sequestering carbon. You should see the produce people can grow with biochar.
Gordon's talked about empty produce before, veggies with near empty nutritional value thanks to worn out tired soil.

We'd better damn well start rejuvenating our farmland pretty soon or we might as well start eating colored cardboard or wax prop fruits.
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#308920 - 10/13/18 03:02 PM Re: The Magic of Biochar [Re: Jeffery J. Haas]
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#308921 - 10/13/18 03:32 PM Re: The Magic of Biochar [Re: logtroll]
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I'm vey excited to see this project take off, troll. I feel like I'm looking at the future.

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#308923 - 10/13/18 07:08 PM Re: The Magic of Biochar [Re: NW Ponderer]
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There's going to come a day when climate change deniers change their minds. It may take until a few major cities are abandoned to sea level rise or the starvation of billions as crops fail, but eventually they will change their minds. They will scurry about like headless chickens and blame Democrats for not telling them sooner.

It may already be too late to save this civilization, but biochar is one of the things that might or might not save the human race from extinction. It doesn't deserve it. But once conservatives come to fear and loathe global warming like they do Muslims and Mexicans they will do whatever is necessary to get rid of it.
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