TCE: Sustainability: Understanding biochar

Franco Berruti*, Ondrej Masek, Raffaella Ocone

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

CO 2 concentration has been rapidly increasing to the current level of 396 ppm, and it is projected to further increase to over 450 ppm. Without human intervention, CO 2 would take thousands of years to return to the level required for sustainable human civilization. While biochar alone cannot provide the solution to increasing greenhouse gas concentrations and climate change, it can make a significant contribution. A discussion covers how biochar works; parameters affecting the production and use of biochar and their interaction; creation of the UK-Canadian network to allow researchers to investigate the potential of biochar as a technically-and economically-effective method of capturing carbon; internationally-accepted standards for characterizing biochar used for carbon storage; UK Biochar Research Centre, which houses a set of continuous slow pyrolysis facilities dedicated to biochar research; technologies for the production of biochar; and modeling experience at Heriot-Watt University, which will be key to developing appropriate pyrolysis models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-38
Number of pages3
JournalChemical engineer-London
Issue number855
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2012


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