Episodes
On today's episode we discuss the testing requirements for biochar to meet ANZBIG’s Code of Practice for the new sustainable production and use of biochar in Australia and New Zealand. To help us discuss the topic we have Graham Lancaster, Senior Manager - Commercial & Research Operations, at Environmental Analysis Laboratory / Analytical Research Laboratory at Southern Cross University.  Graham shares: What biochar testing suites EAL is offering and how it meets the requirements of...
Published 09/29/21
On today's episode we will be discussing a scientific paper just out entitled How biochar works and when it doesn't: A review of mechanisms controlling soil and plant responses to biochar We discuss:  The key or most consistent properties and benefits of biochar  The key components and stages of the mechanisms of biochar effects on soil and plants  Biochars role in supporting food security  The effects on climate change mitigation Biochar’s role in the circular economy Our guest...
Published 09/23/21
Published 09/23/21
In this episode we discuss the role of Life Cycle Assessments for biochar projects and the role they will play in technology roll out and scaling. We will discuss the various components of the Life Cycle Assessment including the keys to open carbon markets.  Philip Link, Managing Director of Energy Link Services joins us as our guest to discuss the topic. Philip has 15 years experience in management consulting, advisory and assurance across a number of vastly diverse interests within clean...
Published 09/16/21
In this episode we discuss biochar’s role in renewable diesel production, the components of the pyrolysis and gasification process, its applications, the economics (including: job opportunities, a circular economy) and the keys to open carbon markets.  Our guest is Jennifer Lauber Patterson, Managing Director of Frontier Impact Group. Jennifer is a pioneer in climate solutions with 30+ years experience in banking and energy companies, environmental markets (particularly carbon markets) and...
Published 09/01/21
On this episode we discuss biochar’s role in protected cropping; growing plants in controlled environments. We discuss the various components of the pyrolysis and gasification process, their applications and the economics including the keys to open carbon markets.  Our guest is Peter Burgess, Managing Director of Rainbow Bee Eater and ANZBIG's Vice Chair. Peter envisions the major roles for bioenergy and biochar. He has over thirty years of operational and commercial experience in industrial...
Published 08/25/21
ANZBIG's code of practice is currently in development. In this episode, we will look at the objectives of the code, common definitions used in the industry, feedstocks that can be used, best practices for production, handling and packing, the different grades under the code, and their uses as well as achieving ANZBIG certification.  Our guest is Nigel Murphy, ANZBIG's Chair and Founder and Director Earth Systems and Cyclic Carbon. Nigel's companies have been actively innovating and...
Published 08/18/21
Many people new to biochar are surprised to hear that it can not only be used in agriculture but can also be used in Infrastructure. In fact, Biochar can be used in a variety of industrial applications, including roads, concrete, and asphalt to name a few. On today's show, we welcome Foundational Member of ANZBIG, Founder and Director of NewWorld Pavement Solutions and CarbonCor Products Australia, Andre Van Zyl.   Andre is a Chemical Engineer who has specialized knowledge and skills in road...
Published 08/17/21