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Make biochar for both public welfare and economic benefit July 21, 2012 Liaoning Biochar Engineering & Technology Research Center Shenyang Agricultural.

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1 Make biochar for both public welfare and economic benefit July 21, 2012 Liaoning Biochar Engineering & Technology Research Center Shenyang Agricultural University Meng Jun Biocharchina@yahoo.c om

2 Liaoning Biochar Engineering & Technology Research Center The first provincial research institution for biochar in China. Leading by Prof. Chen Wenfu of Shenyang Agricultural University, the academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, BETRC endeavored into the biochar research. After years of practices, "carbonization and returning" strategy for agro-forestry residue utilization, which based on in situ biochar production equipment and biochar based products, was refined gradually.

3 0.5 billion tons of food production ability maintained for nearly 8 years. Population scored 1.3379 billion and still increase. 1.38 mu or 0.092 ha cultivated land per capita, 40% of world’s average. China is a middle dangerous food security country. food security is still a great issue to be concerned in near future 1 Public concern Cited from: documents/communications/wfp229328.pdf

4 Limited crop land suffered sever erosion 1.826 billion mu or 0.12 billion ha crop land which still decreasing. 70% of which is low yielding farmland at the end of 2009. (Ministry of Agriculture) Heavy metal contamination: According to the Ministry of Agriculture, 46.7% of 2.1 million mu arable land irrigated by waste water was slightly contaminated by heavy metals, 9.7% was moderate contaminated, and 8.4% was severely contaminated. Erosion of black soil: In Heilongjiang province, black soil layer decreased from 60 ~ 100cm to 20 ~ 40cm, and still disappeared at 3 ~ 3.5mm annually. In Jilin province, 12% of black soil layer is thinner than 20cm, among which, 3% acreage totally lost it. Dramatically acidify of red soil: 0.42 billion mu red soil, which pH bellow 4.5, even 2.6, caused dramatically nutrition deficient. Cited from: 2008 Bulletin of land and resources of China Agricultural field area (0.1 billion mu)

5 Huge amount of agricultural residues  700 million tones of agricultural residues.  Quantities of cereal straw, fungi matrix, peanut hull and rice husk. Straw returning to soil might be a good choice, but not easily carried out, especially in northern China which restricted by low temperature.

6 Significant environment pollution is the inevitable result of lacking of effective comprehensive utilization method.

7 The current situation is: quantities of biomass residues, which should be considered as precious resources, are disposed or burned, and causes unaffordable ecological issues and notable soil degradation. How to get those biomass, what we get from the soil, go back to the soil, might be a great challenge we have to face to. soilbiomass In spite of great efforts on straw returning, only 15 percent of those residues could be returned to the soil. Current situation and questions put forward

8 Advantages of biochar: Porous structure to shield microorganism. Alkalinity to ameliorate acidified soil. Stability and high carbon content. Available potassium. Good absorption ability. Farmers won’t pay for biochar because of additional input, neither labor nor money. Government may provide public subsidies but can not cover all over the country. Farmer and government left the major role to enterprise. 2 Biochar might be a good candidate, but how to make it work practically ? Porous structure of biochar

9 Enterprise: improve added value or lower the cost Improving the added value means additional input in crop production in most cases, and might not work if farmers have to pay for it. The only way left is lower the cost of biochar production and application in relatively near future. So, the centralized production mode which increases transportation cost should be revised, and the labor saving application method should win its priority, especially in China. Long distance transport of biomass Biochar for garden use, $29.95/10L

10 Step 1: Cost effective biochar production is the basis for utilization of agricultural residues at large scale cost effective Small scale Energy saving or energy free Mobility Environmental friendly Traditional kilnSemi-hermetic kilnModular kiln Traditional biochar production mode of biomass collection, transport and centralized carbonization was transferred into a new one: carbonization in situ, collect and transport biochar for down-stream processing.

11 Step 2: Biochar based fertilizer/products facilitate the incorporation of biochar into soil Biochar based fertilizer Biochar based soil amendment

12 Nutrients in the pores of biochar Combination of biochar and nutrients Increase fertilizer utilization ratio Cut off chemical input and decrease environmental pollution CO 2 emission reduction Water retention

13 Experimentation, demonstration and extension Cooperating with peanut and potato industry system, more than 20 field trail stations were included in experimentation and demonstration, 20 provinces were involved. Plot experiments Demonstration sites in Liaoning province BETRC Demonstration sites in China

14 Returning of rice straw biochar Application of biochar based peanut fertilizer Biochar based potato fertilizer Biochar granum remain in the soil

15 Research basis Surface scan of biochar Root in biochar Microorganism analysis Neighbour-joining phylogenetic tree of bacteria based on the genetic distance

16 Research expansions Biochar serve as seed bed matrix of rice and tobacco Application of biochar in acidified black soil, sandy soil and saline-alkali soil Biochar ameliorated rice field

17 Step 3: A distributed biochar network 3 km Field area=2826 ha Utilization ratio=50% Air dried biomass per ha=4.5 ton Total air dried biomass= 6359 ton Produce biochar=1908 ton Produce biochar based fertilizer 100,000 ton; Cover agricultural field 130,000 ha; Need biochar 30,000 ton; Consume biomass 100,000 ton, equals to quantities from 22,000 ha of field; No resource competition

18 Farmer In situ biochar production Operating mode Farmer Reduce transportation cost Reduce farmer labor cost Biochar cost about ¥ 300 , equals to $47.

19 I give you biochar, you give me biochar based fertilizer instead of currency!

20 3 News media take a real interest in biochar, which means the huge demand and market

21 CCTV reports titled by “Charring before sowing” Introduce biochar for news agency Reports from China Central Television (CCTV) and Liaoning provincial media about our work.

22 4 Multiple economic and social benefits No crop competition, no arable land competition. Come from agriculture, go back to agriculture. Hand grab for new countryside construction. We are seeking for a better answer!

23 We can not get more arable land, but we can make it better! We are BETRC

24 Thanks for your attention! Your advices will be helpful!

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