with BIOCHAR you can
grow better plants
boost your soil
Biochar Trial in West Launceston
2. Bed with FRANK’S CHAR – shows an amazing vigorous growth and the plants have overgrown the stakes
Compare the two patches, which have been started on the same day and note that the plants where Biochar has been applied are at least 60cm higher than the ones without.
What is Biochar
Biochar is a plant boosting char, also called by some “the black gold for soils” and is the perfect ingredient for the garden all year round. It will enhance plant growth and increase the sustainability of your garden. It is used to improve your soil by storing nutrients, which can then be taken up by the roots, as the plants require.
Soil with nutrient enriched Biochar
- retains moisture – therefore helps plants survive dry conditions better
- leads to smooth, continuous growth
- strong flowering and fruit set
- increases soil water holding capacity whilst improving drainage
- helps plants resist diseases
- is a nutrient bank – highly adsorbent, reduces nutrient loss by leaching or volatilization,
thus increasing fertilizer efficiency and reducing associated costs
Why use Biochar?
- Save Water
- Save Fertilizer
- Grow better Plants (note the root growth of the black currant seedling)
- Soil enrichment
- Optimum drainage
- Makes soil more fertile
- Reduce leaching of nitrogen into ground water
- Provide protection against some foliar and soil-borne diseases
Non-soil biochar applications
Although most research is directed towards the application of biochar to soils, there are several other properties that render it a suitable candidate for non-soil applications.
A growing number of studies have tested biochar as a composite in building materials, as a hazardous substance adsorbent in drinking water and wastewater, as a component in filters for indoor air quality and storm water management.
The potential to utilize biochar for various applications depends on its properties.
For example, biochar with high electrical conductivity, porosity and stability at lower temperatures is preferred as electrodes material in microbial fuel cells.
Biomass containing relatively high structural bound oxygen groups is preferred in direct carbon fuel cells.
Biochar with high porosity and structural bound nitrogen groups is preferred in the development of supercapacitors.
On the other hand, biomass with increased particle strength, hydrophobicity and high surface area are suitable candidates for the development of reusable catalysts for chemical reactions.
Optimum reaction conditions for producing biochar are not always the same and reproducibility is often not satisfactory, even when the same biomass is used and the same production conditions.
These new high-value applications are still in their early stages, and further research and development is needed to reach commercialization.
Currently Dimitrios Kalderis, Asst. Professor, Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, School of Applied Sciences, Technological and Educational Institute of Crete, GREECE seeking chapter submissions of high quality including but not limited to the following topics:
- Application of biochar in building materials
- Application of biochar in potable water and wastewater treatment
- Biochar application in storm water management
- Using Biochar as a filter for managing air quality
- Biomass as a catalyst for chemical reactions
- It can be used for gaseous emissions control/storage
- Biochar in fuel cell systems
- Development of biochar-based supercapacitors
- Application in animal husbandry
How we make biochar
FRANK’S CHAR is 100% TASMANIAN MADE
..and is turning organic waste, such as annual pruning material from vineyards, fruit, olive and nut orchards, and potentially woody weeds such as gorse into valuable products for gardeners, horticulturists and farmers and potentially many other industries. Liquid manure is used to create the optimal nutrient enriched Biochar ready for use as soil amendment and odourless fertiliser – produced in our revolutionary Tasmanian built KON-TIKI-TAS Deep-Cone Kiln. This process allows minimising polluting air emissions and creates a fine-grained, highly porous charcoal that helps soils retain nutrients and water.
FRANK’S CHAR is ACCREDITED
FRANK’S CHAR has been analysed by Eurofins Umwelt Ost GmbH in accordance with European Biochar Certificate guidelines and the test reports are showing accredited test results according to the European Biochar regulations and can be provided on request.