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2012-06-26 23:00:22

The Biochar Company, makers of Soil Reef, partner with one of the biggest producers of biochar in the US, Hawaii Biochar Products. Berwyn, PA (PRWEB) June 26, 2012 The Biochar Company, makers of Soil Reef soil amendment, are joining forces with one of the most successful biochar production companies in the US, Hawaii Biochar Products, LLC. Hawaii Biochar Products, owned and operated by Josiah Hunt, has produced over 100 tons of biochar, an average of one ton per week, since the...

2012-02-23 08:00:00

New Soil Reef biochar is the last soil amendment gardeners will ever need. Whether a gardening enthusiast, landscaper, grower or forester; Soil Reef biochar provides massive gains in both agriculture and the environment. Berwyn, PA (PRWEB) February 23, 2012 One part rich, black soil plus one part "Legend of El Dorado," makes Soil Reef biochar the ancient solution to our modern soil problem. In 1541, Spanish conquistador Francisco de Orellana, led a famous expedition of the Amazon. He...

2012-01-03 13:16:00

POTSDAM, N.Y., Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ZeroPoint Clean Tech, Inc. (ZeroPoint) today announced that its biomass gasification solution produced carbon negative heat and power for the last half-month of its 2011 operations in Germany. The carbon negative process utilizes biomass to create renewable gas and yields biochar as a co-product. Biochar is a highly stable form of sequestered carbon with multiple uses in agriculture and industry. Renewable gas from the ZeroPoint Solution is burned...

2011-12-13 22:29:33

Adding a charred biomass material called biochar to glacial soils can help reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. Studies by scientists with USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are providing valuable information about how biochar-the charred biomass created from wood, plant material, and manure-interacts with soil and crops. As part of this effort, ARS scientists in St. Paul, Minn.,...

2011-11-08 22:21:23

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are leading the way in learning more about "biochar," the charred biomass created from wood, other plant material, and manure. The studies by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists at laboratories across the country support the USDA priorities of promoting international food security and responding to global climate change. ARS is USDA's chief intramural scientific research agency. Soil scientist Jeff Novak at the ARS...

2011-09-28 08:21:00

POTSDAM, N.Y., Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ZeroPoint Clean Tech, Inc. (ZeroPoint) today announced the completion of phase one of the field commissioning of its ZeroPoint Renewable CHP Solution(TM) at a project site in Schwarze Pumpe, Germany. The field commissioning included operation of a reciprocating gas engine fueled by synthesis gas and synchronization of the generator with the local distribution grid, securing a 20-year power purchase price. The project will expand with additional...

2011-07-19 07:30:00

LIVERMORE, Calif., July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Fellows of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation helped form a team that has been selected as grant recipients to participate in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" (RTTC), announced at the AfricaSan conference in Rwanda as part of more than $40 million in new investments launching its Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene strategy. The winning "Biochar Group" is a volunteer collaboration including...

2011-06-20 13:37:50

Laura Jarboe pointed to a collection of test tubes in her Iowa State University laboratory. Some of the tubes looked like they were holding very weak coffee. That meant microorganisms "“ in this case, Shewanella bacteria "“ were growing and biochemically converting sugars into hydrocarbons, said Jarboe, an Iowa State assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering. Some of the sugars in those test tubes were produced by the fast pyrolysis of biomass. That's a...

2011-06-01 22:54:44

A new study has found that an emerging tool for combating climate change may cause less harm to some soil animals than initial studies suggested. Earthworms perform many essential and beneficial functions in the soil ecosystem, including soil structure improvement and nutrient mineralization. However the earthworms' ability to perform these crucial functions can be suppressed when they are exposed to toxic substances. A Baylor University geology researcher, along with scientists from Rice...

2011-05-23 08:41:00

POTSDAM, N.Y., May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ZeroPoint Clean Tech, Inc. ("ZeroPoint") today announced that it has completed the initial field commissioning of its biomass gasification Renewable Combined Heat and Power Solution at a project site in Schwarze-Pumpe, Germany. During commissioning the ZeroPoint Renewable CHP Solution produced synthesis gas that is suitable for fueling reciprocating engines on a stand-alone basis or by blending with landfill gas or natural gas. The Schwarze-Pumpe...