Biochar is a promising product that has received a great deal of attention in the environmental and business communities over the past several years. Biochar is charred biomass, similar to charcoal, but with some important differences. Charcoal is produced to concentrate heat energy. Biochar is intended for use in environmental and agricultural applications.
In 2010, Delaney Forestry was introduced to this “new” forest biomass product. We were hired to evaluate the carbon offset potential of biochar for the California Energy Commission. Since then, we have worked with researchers, entrepreneurs, business advisors, academics and government agencies exploring biochar.
Delaney Forestry has helped implement a grant, funded by the U.S. Forest Service, to test biochar’s ability to remove pollutants from wastewater. Currently, we are under contract by the Oregon Department of Forestry to evaluate the use of biochar in the Pacific Northwest.
For some of Matt’s recent work, see:
- Northwest Biochar Commercialization Strategy Paper (pdf)
- Biochar Demonstration Project for Pollution Remediation in Sweet Home, Oregon (pdf)
Other helpful Biochar resources: