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Register by Oct 30 for a 10-day intensive training course in water treatment using biochar by Aqueous Solutions

By: Thayer Tomlinson

Aqueous Solutions is offering a 10-day intensive training course in water treatment using biochar. The workshop will take place from January 3-12 2016, and will be held at Pun Pun Centre for Self Reliance, located in northern Thailand.

The Biochar Community Loses a Pioneer in Terra Preta Studies with the Passing of Dr. William Woods

By: Thayer Tomlinson

Dr. WoodsAnyone who had the opportunity to hear Dr. William “Bill” Woods present on terra preta research was in for a treat—Dr. Woods was an excellent and enthusiastic speaker mapping out the origins and current study of anthropogenic soils in Belgium and Amazonia. Starting in the 1990s, Dr. Woods published some of the most cited texts on terra preta soils and continued this research throughout his career.

Announcing our October IBI Webinar Series Speaker: Dr. Stephen Joseph will present “Making biochar commercially viable for horticulture and animal feed. Case studies in China and Australia"

By: Thayer Tomlinson

Upcoming October Presentation: Dr. Stephen Joseph presents “Making biochar commercially viable for horticulture and animal feed. Case studies in China and Australia"

Community Power Corporation receives IBI certification for BioMax Walnut-Shell Biochar

By: Thayer Tomlinson

CPCIBI is pleased to announce that Community Power Corporation has received IBI certification for their biochar product, BioMax Walnut-Shell Biochar, under the IBI Biochar Certification Program.

Stockholm Vatten AB invites Pyrolysis Plant sellers to submit a tender

By: Thayer Tomlinson

Stockholm Vatten AB invites suppliers to submit  tenders for the purchase and delivery of a pyrolysis plant that can produce heat and certified biochar in compliance with European Biochar Certificate (EBC) from park and garden waste. The heat shall be able to be distributed through a district heating network. The pyrolysis plant is scheduled to be in operation in Q1 2016. The tenderers shall use electronic tendering via the tender system Visma TendSign; to register and continue please see

Register Now: the Joint International Biochar Symposium 2015 in Geisenheim Germany (Sept 28 - 30) has a few spaces left

By: Thayer Tomlinson

landThe Joint International Biochar Symposium 2015 aims at understanding mechanisms that enable beneficial and safe biochar implementation, and brings together scientists and practitioners. The Symposium consists of two parts:

New textbook on biochar published: Biochar: Production, Characterization, and Applications

By: Thayer Tomlinson

A new textbook, Biochar: Production, Characterization, and Applications, edited by Yong Sik Ok Sophie M. Uchimiya Scott X. Chang Nanthi Bolan has recently been published by CRC press. More information on the chapters, authors and how to order is available at

Support clean cooking by contributing to Servals India cookstoves project

By: Thayer Tomlinson

Servals has been working in India to implement clean cookstoves and is now asking for community support to raise funds to  provide cookstoves to 100 families in a village in Tamil Nadu, India based on their working business model for charcoal stoves.

IBI Publishes 2014 - 2015 Annual Report

By: Thayer Tomlinson

IBI is pleased to publish our 2014 – 2015 Annual Report which highlights accomplishments during our fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. We especially thank all our members and supporters who have contributed to our work this year.

One week trial for in farm biochar production set for 7 - 11 September in South Australia

By: Thayer Tomlinson

Earth Systems Australia is assisting the "Murray Mallee Local Action Planning Association " run a 1 week trial for in farm biochar production from various local woody biomass species. In particular they are processing oil mallee, which has been planted in the South Australia as part of previous failed projects, and they are now looking for a new home and biochar is a potential solution.