August 20-25, 2017
Most soil-related applications of biochar have involved agriculture or horticulture. Our current research focusses on remediation of contaminated soils using biochar or biochar compost. We will present the results of outdoor pot and plot trials on three contrasting site types: 1) colliery waste; 2) cleared invasive rhododendron; and 3) metal-mine tailings. All experiments utilized sustainable, lignocellulosic biochar (EarthChar®; UK Biochar Quality Mandate: High Grade), produced using a modified BigChar-1000 fast-pyrolysis/gasification unit equipped with a thermal oxidiser.
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Alayne Street-Perrott, Siôn Brackenbury, Iain Robertson, Aoife Ryan, Robert Davison, and Heather De-Quincey, "Biochar for remediating contaminated soils: Outdoor experiments in Wales, UK" in "Biochar: Production, Characterization and Applications", Franco Berruti, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada Raffaella Ocone, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK Ondrej Masek, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK Eds, ECI Symposium Series, (2017). http://dc.engconfintl.org/biochar/47