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IBI is pleased to highlight our Business Members below. We appreciate the support of these companies and organizations. If your company is interested in joining as a Business member, please contact us at membership@biochar-international.org

Airex Energy

Airex Energy is a technology provider of biomass carbonization systems and a producer of high quality biochar. Based in Quebec, Canada, Airex has developed a proprietary technology called CarbonFX, which allows the production of biochar, activated biocarbon, and biocoal. The company started operation of a full commercial plant in the fall of 2015, with a production capacity of 15,000 tons/year and is supplying its biochar to third parties who are commercializing pure and blended biochar under their brand. Airex Energy is involved in numerous biochar R&D initiatives with Canadian research centres and industry partners, namely FPInnovations, CTRI, Innofibre, Laval University, and Agriculture Canada.

Airex Energy is a spin-off of Airex Industries, an established manufacturer of dust collectors and industrial ovens, and includes investors like Cycle Capital Management and Desjardins Capital de Risque. Airex Energy is also supported by the Canadian government through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), and the Quebec government through Technoclimat and Investissement Québec. For more information and for biochar sales, please contact Sylvain Bertrand (sbertrand@airex-energy.com).

 

America Sequesters

America Sequesters CO2 was founded with the belief that a little biochar made by a lot of people can make a difference in the fight against climate change. Our patent pending product, the BioCharlie, enables people to easily make biochar while enjoying a fire in their fireplace at home. The retort is designed in the shape and size of a log and is placed in the fire with other logs while they burn. Flames can be seen coming out of the vent holes as off gasses are released, giving the illusion that the metal log is burning. The BioCharlie is removed the next day after it cools and the biochar is emptied. Batches of biochar can be used to improve the soil in the garden or with potted plantings. The BioCharlie is built to hold up in fire and can be used over and over whenever you want to relax by your fireplace. We make the process simple and fun, kind of like baking an environmental cake with this new accessory for your fireplace.

Our goal at America Sequesters CO2 is to make biochar a commonly known word among non-technical people and to raise awareness of its benefits. Our customers are gardeners, the environmentally conscious, and anybody with a fireplace, wood stove or fire pit who wants to take carbon out of the air and put it back into the soil. “Let Your Fireplace Go Green Tonight” is the tag line for the BioCharlie and many have been sold all over the US and Canada through Amazon and on our own website biocharlie.com. For more information please contact jim@americasequestersco2.com

 

ArSta Eco

ArSta Eco is a technology company working on innovative methods of production and commercialization of Biochar. Set in the heart of the Coconut growing belt of Karnataka, India, the company utilizes the abundant residues from this industry. Coconut shell, husk and frond are all utilized in producing various grades of Biochar targeting buyers in the Water Treatment, Agricultural and associated industries. Deploying a modern stand-alone multi feed constant fed Reactor that has multiple product streams of Biochar, Energy and Distillates, the company is negotiating to commission further reactors to key clients keen to solve multiple Agricultural and Municipal waste problems existing within a developing India. ArSta Eco targets to set up multiple reactors in a distributed model to produce Biochar and Clean Energy thereby contributing to meaningful GHG reductions.

Working with rural farm clusters ArSta Eco educates farmers in crop yield enhancement, improved irrigation, waste management and decentralised power generation leading to enrichment of life and raised living standards. We strongly believe that “Localization is the key to sustainability and rural livelihood security”. In addition we collaborate with key Universities exploring new uses for Biochar and welcome research enquiries.

For more information, see http://www.arstaeco.com.

BIOMACON GmbH

BIOMACON produces modern Combined Heat and Biochar (CHB) pyrolysis technology with the following characteristics:
-          Heat and biochar incidentally
-          Clean biochar
-          Excellent emission values
-          The whole reliable, durable and cost-effective

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them at www.biomacon.com or email at info@biomacon.com.

Carbon Gold

carbon gold

Carbon Gold is the world’s leading biochar company. We supply value-added biochar products to organic and conventional growers in Europe and beyond. Commercial trials have shown significant yield increases using our enriched biochar blends.

We believe in the sustainable intensification of food production. Our enriched biochar products enable growers to easily introduce effective natural biology into their systems and by doing so increase yields through enhanced plant vitality.

Campos Verdes

camposCAMPOS VERDES is a Franco-Brazilian company belonging to the SLB Group. Based in southern Brazil, the company Campos Verdes is developing a high quality biochar product. The biochar feedstock is FSC certified wood, entirely harvested from afforestation projects. The SLB Group develops partnerships with the Federal University of Parana (Brazil) and Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, a state-owned research affiliated with the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply).

The company began operations in January 2015, and its commercial plant will be active in 2016, with a production target of 5000 tons/year of biochar.  For more information, please contact: freddy.gaudier@slbsa.com or see http://www.brazilforest.fr/en/home.html.

*Afforestation: The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) defines afforestation as reforested land.


CAMPOS VERDES é uma empresa franco-brasileira, pertencente ao Grupo SLB. Baseada no sul do Brasil, a empresa Campos Verdes desenvolve um programa para a produção de biochar de alta qualidade. O biochar da CAMPOS VERDES utiliza somente madeira no processo de pirolise, 100% proveniente de aflorestamento*, e certificação FSC.  O Grupo SLB desenvolve parcerias com a Universidade Federal do Paraná (Brasil) e Embrapa (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária, instituição pública de pesquisa vinculada ao Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento do Brasil).

A Campos Verdes iniciou suas atividades em janeiro 2015, e desenvolve um projeto de planta comercial que estará ativo em 2016, com meta de capacidade de produção de 5000 toneladas /ano de biochar. Para mais informações, entrar em contato: freddy.gaudier@slbsa.com

* Aflorestamento: Segundo o IPCC, aflorestamento é o plantio de florestas em regiões historicamente sem árvores.


CAMPOS VERDES es una empresa brasileña, que pertenece al Grupo SLB. Con sede en el sur de Brasil, la empresa Campos Verdes desarrolla un programa de producción de Biochar de alta calidad. El Biochar de CAMPOS VERDES solo utiliza, para el proceso de pirólisis, madera procedente 100% de forestación* con certificación FSC. El Grupo SLB colabora con la Universidad Federal de Paraná (Brasil) y EMBRAPA (Empresa Brasileña de Investigación Agropecuaria, institución de investigación pública dependiente del Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Abastecimiento de Brasil).

Campos Verdes empezó sus actividades en enero de 2015, y desarrolla un proyecto de una planta comercial que estará activa en 2016, con un objetivo de capacidad de producción de 5 000 toneladas/año de Biochar. Para más información, contactar con: freddy.gaudier@slbsa.com

*Forestación: Según el IPCC (Panel Intergubernamental sobre el Cambio Climático), es la plantación de bosques en zonas históricamente sin árboles.

Charborn, LLC

charbornCharborn began as a master’s thesis project at the University of California Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management.  Together, our team has over 10 years of experience in the biochar and agriculture industries. We are focused on the accessibility and affordability of biochar for farmers. We want biochar to be an investment that every farmer can make if they so choose. In order to do this we work with every farmer to ensure the ease and precision of their biochar application.

We aim to resolve any confusion about biochar by conducting and monitoring field trials by providing biochar at a reduced cost to growers interested in conducting a field trial on their farm. By monitoring the effects of biochar in different soils and with different crops we are gaining a comprehensive understanding of the large scale effects of biochar, which is currently unprecedented.

By integrating biochar into agriculture, we’re utilizing forestry waste, sequestering carbon back into soils, and increasing water and nutrient use efficiency while boosting yields. We’re working to help the environment – by helping farmers profit. For more information, see http://www.charborn.com or contact Debbie at debbie@charborn.com.

Control Laboratories

control labsControl Laboratories has been in business since 1955 and in 2006 extended their vast organics testing to include Biochar research and testing. The extensive speculation of the promising benefits of Biochar sparked their interest to aide in putting actual numbers and data behind the claims. Control Labs has become one of the top Biochar testing facilities in the nation with innovative research and unique tests, as well as expertise in the IBI Biochar Standards. They have developed test packages for all sectors ranging from the producer to consumer to researcher to aide in better understanding the impacts of biochar for its varying applications. They currently offer Biochar tests for biomass feedstock assessment, general characteristics, carbon sequestration, plant germination, metal retention, agricultural nutrient retention, pellet fuel, swale formation, potting mix, plant available agricultural related constituents, soil sediment removal, water retention, soil compression, soil shrinkage and many more.

For more information, contact Mike through www.biocharlab.com.

Cool Planet Energy Systems

Cool Planet is a developer of solutions for the energy, food and water industries with drop-in fuels and advanced biochar products. We are commercializing technology to create green fuels and biochar in a way that can change the world for good. Our green fuels are chemically identical to fossil fuels, and our “CoolTerra™” enhanced biochar enables fertilizer reduction and increased water retention for increased crop productivity and robust plant health, even in a drought-constrained environment. Cool Planet puts raw biochar through a series of post-processing steps to neutralize pH, increase retention, and microbially condition the pores to support optimum microbiology. Only after these steps does it become CoolTerra™.  Cool Planet’s technology has a broad portfolio of technology and IP, and includes premier investors like BP, Google Ventures, GE, ConocoPhillips, Exelon, and NRG.

For more information on CoolTerra™ and Cool Planet, please see: www.coolterra.com.

Dr. Rick Davies

DaviesDr. Rick Davies is a Monitoring and Evaluation consultant, specialising in the evaluation of development aid programmes in Africa and Asia. He is not directly engaged in biochar research but is supportive of research into its potential uses for carbon sequestration, soil enhancement and carbon negative energy. For more information on his work, visit his own personal website and the Monitoring and Evaluation NEWS website, which he manages.

 

Earth Systems

earth systemsEarth Systems is an international environmental consulting firm based in Australia. We develop effective solutions in diverse areas such as environmental management, carbon and bioenergy, and water quality. Our bioenergy team has developed a mobile biochar technology for stick to log sized stranded woody biomass, where transport costs make recovery uneconomical. The CharMaker MPP (Mobile Pyrolysis Plant) is a simple to operate, safe and easily transportable batch pyrolysis furnace that goes to the biomass – not the other way around. The technology is based on a shipping container design making transport simple. The CharMaker is designed for standalone operation and includes on board power and ignition generation and controls, it safely operates itself and can be controlled remotely from any smart phone or computer. The furnace creates excess energy that can be used for high grade heat. Electricity generation with the CharMaker has been developed at the pilot scale and can be implemented as needed. We have also developed a full bio-liquids recovery system for wood vinegar and bio-oils creating multiple outputs from the technology. Multiple units are in operation in Australia, and internationally. Our Asian installation was a fixed installation and the waste heat from the thermal oxidiser was used to drive a wood drying kiln. The furnace meets stringent environmental emissions standards and the thermal oxidiser ensures minimal smoke emissions. Larger units are under development and a continuous unit for smaller fractioned materials is also coming soon. For more information, see: http://www.esenergy.com.au/services/charmaker.

Guangdong Dazhong Agricultural Science and Technology Co. Ltd

Guangdong logoGuangdong Dazhong Agricultural Science and Technology Co. Ltd is an innovative fertilizer manufacturer, and is one of the leading organic fertilizer producers in China. As a leader of low carbon and eco-friendly agriculture in China, Guangdong Dazhong Agriculture Science Co. has adhered to the mission of a low carbon and high yield fertilizer to be the most cost-effective agricultural products manufacturer. They are located in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, China and are looking to include biochar in their product range in the near future. For more information on the company, please visit: http://www.dazhongnk.cn/english/index.asp.

Henan Bene-Ecolife Agricultural Science and Technology Company

henanHenan Bene-Ecolife Agricultural Science and Technology Company is a comprehensive enterprise integrating technology, development, application, sales and service. The company is committed to soil health, fast recovery technology and product development, eco-agricultural/green technology, services and product development, and other fields. The company’s primary technical team is professional, creative, and has participated in a scientific research project with Henan Agricultural University, Henan Agricultural Government, Institution of Pomology of CAAS, and several tobacco companies in China. This work culminated in many new scientific findings, published six papers in core journals, and applied for nine patents.

The company produces a new type of eco-char based fertilizer, which is very effective for improving soil and preventing plant soil-borne disease. The production technology and the eco-char products have been extensively used in farming—with application to more than 14,000ha since 2012.

The company created a “three-trapping technique” green prevention and control system, which achieved significant prevention and control of aphids, soil insects, Lepidoptera pests, viruses and many other pests and diseases. This technique has reduced chemical usage for pest control by 30%, and is environmental, safe, zero discharge, low-energy, also high price/performance ratio. From 2014, the total application of this system has covered more than 1400ha. For more information on the company, please visit: http://www.hnyhlk.com or contact Huanhuan at liuhuanhuan304@163.com.

Sonnenerde

sonnenerdeSonnenerde (or "sun-earth" in German) is an Austrian company which produces high quality soil from compost; selling about 30,000 tons annually. The company is looking to raise the carbon content of soils and is thus building a pyrolysis plant to use Terra Preta for this purpose and have been working with researchers at the University of Halle in Germany with 3 acres of test plots. They are looking to convert 4000 tons of wet paper fiber sludge into to 300 tons biochar per year. In 2013, Sonnenerde started marketing this carbon-rich product in Austria. Since 2014, Sonnenerde has sold a Terra Preta-like soil  (called Riedlingsdorfer Black Soil) and second: a biochar based product: the "soil-activator". This soil activator is a nitrogen, trace elements, and microorganisms enriched biochar; it works like a fertilizer in the first year and start the humus building process in the soil at the same time. This two products are sold to a big garden center in Austria and Slovenia. Sonnenerde was the winner of the climate saving award 2012 in Austria.

On the webpage (www.sonnenerde.at) there is a movie about the company, the new biochar plant, and recent experiments. For more information please see: www.sonnenerde.at.

Standard Bio

Standard Bio develops and provides profitable technical solutions to treat waste streams, creating value from waste. Our solutions reach into the agricultural sector, food industry, metal and mining industries. Our proprietary technology allows for new possibilities in the upcycling of materials which are currently stored or disposed of, often with a high cost to the businesses involved and with negative environmental impact.

Standard Bio is built on three core concepts:

  1. The KjurromatTM technology is a cyclone system that dries, grinds and separates different kinds of waste stream materials effectively and with low energy consumption.
  2. Our unique pyrolysis system produce biochar from manure, wood and even waste from fish farms at a very low cost compared to existing products by utilizing heat pipe and the KjurromatTM technology. The possibility of integrating pyrolysis systems into existing solutions, such as CHP Plant and thermal solar energy, shows great potential for Standard Bio.
  3. Soil improving products in a form of foliar sprays and granulated products developed from nutrients enriched biochar and vermicompost (by combining the two abovementioned technologies). Our products are based on the concept of utilizing/exploiting problematic waste streams in agriculture – animal manure and green waste. A circular economy is created, supporting and strengthening local communities.

All three core concepts are meant to be implemented in a franchise model, creating a Standard Bio network. 

T.R. MILES TECHNICAL CONSULTANTS, INC.

T.R. MILES TECHNICAL CONSULTANTS, INC. provides technical assistance primarily to industry for complete system design, product, and process development for the wood, food, agricultural and energy industries. The firm continues the innovative consulting design engineering started by Thomas R. Miles, P.E., in 1947. Their equipment is used throughout the world. Projects include harvesting and processing of field crops and residues; harvesting and processing of forest residues and urban wood; boilers, combustion, carbonization and gasification; organic recycling, composting and manure management.
 
Their special expertise is the development of energy conversion and materials handling systems for wood, crop residues, and food processing residues. They have unique experience in the transformation of ash in wood, straws, stalks, and manures. They design systems for densification, carbonization, gasification, power generation, and residue and nutrient management with a special interest in biochar.

They have sponsored and hosted internet discussions on biomass energy and biochar since 1994, including anaerobic digestion, gasification, improved cooking stoves, a biochar website and a biochar discussion list since 2006. Tom Miles is on the board of directors of IBI, the US Biochar Initiative, and a coordinator of the Pacific Northwest Biochar Working Group. For more information, see http://www.trmiles.com

Wakefield Agricultural Carbon

wakefieldWakefield Agricultural Carbon LLC, a U.S. based company, focuses on the application of biochar for retail and industrial markets. Its work is devoted to finding innovative ways through biochar to improve the abundance of great organically grown food, beautiful garden flowers, and a healthier environment for everyone to enjoy. The founder of Wakefield, Dr. Thomas R. Marrero P.E., continues his research on the optimization of biochar based products. Additionally, Wakefield is identifying ways to educate the public of its use and establishing a clear plan for the distribution of biochar. Visit www.wakefieldbiochar.com to watch us grow!