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  • Dec 9

    Economics of Biochar Production and Use

    December 9, 2021 2:00PM – 3:00PM Zoom webinar

    Explore what affects the costs of biochar production and use as we learn more about low-value wood in biochar production and the economic and ecological contributions to the state and region. Lead by Dr. Pokharel (Forestry), a member of the GLBN team.

  • Economics of Biochar and Feedstock Availability

    Published on December 9, 2021

    In this webinar Dr. Raju Pokharel of the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University discusses some of the issues surrounding the economics of biochar. Some basics of biochar and its applications are discussed at the start. The focus of much of the webinar is feedstock availability and how to utilize feedstocks in such a way as to reduce the transportation costs of biomass. This is particularly relevant to low-value woody biomass coming from the forestry industry, though can be applied to other types of biomass that are available for conversion to biochar. The Q&A session at the end of the webinar addresses questions from the audience as relates to the economics of biochar.

  • Production of Biochar

    Published on November 18, 2021

    In this webinar you will learn about the production of biochar by pyrolysis. This includes biochar production systems ranging from low-tech to high-tech. The infrastructure needs influence the costs associated with starting to produce biochar, and the the price of biochar at retail has a wide range. The primary production parameters are temperature and retention time, and these parameters are important in the determination of the finished characteristics of the biochar. Air emissions are discussed, which are a concern during production and will vary depending on production practices as well.

  • Introduction to the Great Lakes Biochar Network and Biochar Basics

    Published on October 28, 2021

    In this webinar you will learn more about the Great Lakes Biochar Network and how you can be involved in strengthening the network. You will also learn more about the basics of biochar, and how it can be used to help create a sustainable bio-economy. There are many stakeholders involved with biochar in the Great Lakes region, and the aim of the GLBN is to strengthen the connections between stakeholders.

  • Brooke Comer

    Program Coordinator, Great Lakes Biochar Network
    bcomer@msu.edu

  • The Biochar Boon

    Published on July 27, 2015
    More and more researchers are looking at biochar — an ancient practice — to remediate soil by removing contaminants, including pharmaceuticals and antibiotics.

  • Production of biochar

    Published on November 18, 2021
    Webinar Thursday November 18

  • Economics of biochar

    Published on December 7, 2021
    Join us for a webinar Thursday, Dec. 9.

  • Biochar: Webinar series from the Great Lakes Biochar Network

    Published on October 27, 2021
    First webinar is Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021.