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Pacific Northwest Biochar Working Group Conference

Monday January 28th, 2013 from 1:30 – 5:00 pm; Concurrent with the Harvesting Clean Energy Conference
Oregon State University Conference Center, Corvallis OR


  1. Educational – what is biochar, what are biochar products, how are they used, what is their value
  2. Project Development in key markets – planning projects to create and demonstrate markets

Posters of Biochar Projects will be displayed in meeting room

1:30-2:00 Welcome and Introduction: Marcus Kauffman—Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Biochar Market Overview: Tom Miles—TR Miles Technical Consultants

  • Session overview and expectations—Marcus
  • Biochar products, qualities, characteristics, specific biochar qualities for specific uses—Tom

2:00-2:30 Biochar in Retail Garden and Nursery Markets: Renel Anderson—Biochar Supreme and Tom Grissom—International Tech Corporation (ITC)

  • Renel will describe Biochar Supreme’s success in using biochar to grow flowers and vegetables as well as their efforts to market biochar for the retail garden and commercial horticulture markets. She will also outline needs for marketing and support in these markets
  • Tom will describe ITC’s experience marketing biochar in the retail garden market and identify ideas for future growth in that market segment.

2:30-3:15 Biochar Integrated with Heat and Power—Jerry Whitfield—Whitfield Biochar, John Meidema—BioLogical Carbon and Dean Foor—EC Oregon, and Neil Walgren—Cool Planet Energy Systems

  • Jerry will describe his technology and applications for integrated production of char, heat, and energy.
  • John and Dean will review the integration of biochar production at the Green Lane Energy anaerobic digestion facility in Junction City, Oregon.
  • Neil will describe their business model and ongoing biochar related research underway at Cool Planet.
  • All speakers will address the salient challenges and opportunities for advancing the biochar market.

3:14—3:45 Networking and Poster Session Break

  • Mingling, conversation, and poster review

3:45-4:30 Biochar Application in Stormwater, Commercial Landscaping and Erosion Control: Robin Cook—Permamatrix, Jeff Hart—Kennedy Jenks, Tom Miles—TR Miles Consultants, and Jim Archuleta—USDA Forest Service

  • Robin will describe their recent experience using biochar for road bank stabilization, industrial roof and parking lot drains.
  • Jeff will address the opportunities and challenges of using biochar as media in specific stormwater markets.
  • Tom will review the WSU Demonstration Biochar in bioretention facilities for stormwater runoff.
  • Jim will provide an update on efforts to coat native seed with biochar to improve germination and plant survivability in burned areas. He will also cover the cooperative research efforts underway with USDA and multiple partners.
  • All speakers will address the salient challenges and opportunities for advancing the biochar market.

4:30-5:00 The Pathway Forward—Facilitated Discussion: Marcus Kauffman—ODF

  • Status of current market development efforts (notes/summary from Olympia)
  • Feedback on the day’s presentations
  • Market development pathway
  • Key demonstration projects
  • Ideas for moving forward
Event Date: 
Mon, 01/28/2013 - 13:30 - 17:00