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Karoonda, South Australia – September 2015

Another successful biochar field trial with our CharMaker MPP20 converting oil mallee trees to biochar!

Oil mallee trees of varying dimensions were used during the trial, including leafy biomass, small branches and large logs up to 20cm in diameter. A range of wet and dry feedstock was trialled.

A high quality biochar was produced from the mallee with typical run times of 4 hours. The larger diameter logs took longer, but yielded more biochar product because more feedstock could be packed into each bin.
The oil mallee production trials were a good example of how making the biochar on-site with the Charmaker can be cost-effective because material transport costs are minimised.


Check out the video below for the highlights of the field trial.

 

 

NT Roadshow – May 2014 

Earth Systems in partnership with Territory Natural Resource Management presents you with this opportunity to learn more about BioChar and how it might benefit your operation through the BioChar Roadshow 2014.
The roadshow is successfully completed in June 2014. Click the video below to view the highlights of the roadshow.

For more information, see below for the roadshow diary.

Wednesday, 14th May 

Kick off our first workshop and biochar production demonstration in Alice Springs!

Today, Earth Systems and Territory National Resource Management provided a one day intensive workshop on all aspects of biochar, from potential feedstocks, feedstock preparation, pyrolysis options, and the biochar product. Commercial opportunities were outlined as well as the state of the Australian and International biochar markets. Tips and options for the CharMaker MPP biochar production plant were outlined and a field trip to the NT Landfill site was undertaken to show what biomass was suitable from this facility. A CharMaker had been installed and was running for the field trip – all aspects of operation were shown and operation via smart phone app displayed.

Opportunities specific to the NT were explored including stock feed additive (for reduced methane emissions and other improvements), and horticultural applications for the carbon limited soils common to the NT.

Thursday’s full production in Alice Springs will occur with the CharMaker. The biochar produced will be used to kick off trials in local farms to the region.

Below are some photos from today:

 

Thursday, 15th May 

Producing biochar from greenwaste at NT landfill facility!

See photos below for today’s biochar product.

 

Friday, 16th May

Establishing the first Alice Springs region biochar soil demonstration site.

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(courtesy of TNRM)

 

 

Saturday, 17th May

Heading north from Alice Springs to Ti Tree and Ali Curung.

 (courtesy of TNRM)

 

Sunday, 18th May

Tennant Creek to Mataranka.

(courtesy of TNRM)

 

Monday, 19th May

Arriving in Katherine.

BioChar_Shaw

(courtesy of TNRM)

 

Tuesday, 20th May

Katherine Workshop and Soil Application Demonstration.

The workshop and demonstration has generated more interest in biochar in this district with a number of farmers keen to set up additional demonstration sites on their own farms.  Earth Systems’ Azain Raban and local grower John Shaw spoke to ABC Radio on the matter (click here for more).

Earth Systems and Territory Natural Resource Management will work with John Shaw to apply biochar at his next planting, take soil samples and then monitor the crop.  His paddock will become a demonstration site for other farmers to view the changes biochar makes to the soil in the region.

(courtesy of TNRM)

 

Wednesday, 21st May

A stop at Katherine Sewage Ponds then on to Douglas Daly.

Today, the roadshow team collected some samples from the Katherine waste water treatment facility to put through the CharMaker MPP20. The sample was collected from a large mulch pile generated through historical clearing of the site for the purpose of making room for more ponds.

As a part of the water treatment process, a concentrated organic material is produced.  There is currently no safe use for this material.

Rob Laird from Earth Systems has collected a sample of the waste material and mixed it with the woody mulch from the site.  Once it is converted to biochar (via the CharMaker MPP20), it will be tested for any traces of toxic material to determine biochar production is a viable management option.

The Roadshow team then keeps on heading further north to the Douglas Daly district to a mahogany plantation .  The CharMaker MPP20 will  be set up to demonstrate the processing of the currently unutilised plantation cut-offs to biochar. BioChar produced from these off-cuts will be used in a plantation trial by a local company to investigate if biochar could reduce the time it takes for trees to reach maturity.

(courtesy of TNRM)

 

Thursday, 22nd May

Setting up at Douglas Daly.

Loading the CharMaker MPP20 with mahogany prepared by local plantation workers.  The biochar produced will be used locally at the next mahogany planting.

Mahogany feedstock

Mahogany feedstock (courtesy of TNRM)

 

Friday, 23rd May

Douglas Daly Workshop.

Douglas Daly workshop (courtesy of TNRM)

Douglas Daly workshop (courtesy of TNRM)

 

Saturday, 24th May

The CharMaker MPP20 now heading to Darwin from Douglas Daly.

 

Monday, 26th May

Setting up at Humpty Doo Transfer Station.

The feedstock for the CharMaker MPP20 today will be a load of pallets.  Tomorrow it may be palm fronds, large logs and other greenwaste from the tip site.

Setting up in Darwin (courtesy of TNRM)

Setting up in Darwin (courtesy of TNRM)

 

Tuesday, 27th May

Biochar from Pallets – Darwin’s first batch of biochar produced by CharMaker MPP20.

The biochar produced is crushed, bagged, and will be on its way to Groote for another soil demonstration site.

  (courtesy of TNRM)

Cairns Road Show – May-June 2013

Earth Systems’ biochar technology has now been successfully trialled in a tropical environment. In late May and early June 2013, the MPP-20 visited Yungaburra, approximately one hour south-west of Cairns, to test a variety of feedstocks in a tropical environment. Despite persistent rain in the first few days, the MPP20 was able to consistently make high quality biochar from a range of North Queensland feedstocks including Acacia, African Mahogany, Caribbea pine, Hoop pine and mixed hardwoods (see feedstock page). A number of materials handling solutions were also successfully trialled which added significant value to the trip. As with the other recent road shows, a large quantity of high quality biochar was produced which offset the considerable logistical costs transporting the unit from Southern Australia.

Below are some photos of the trip:

 

Mildura Road Show – May 2013

In May 2013 Earth Systems showcased their biochar technology at the Mildura Field days agricultural show. The event was well attended and a large number of enquiries were received by patrons regarding the MPP20, the properties of biochar and the range of specific end uses for the biochar product. The feedstock’s successfully trialled during the roadshow were grapevines and greenwaste from the nearby Buronga landfill facility.

Thanks to the Murray CMA for their hospitality, in particular, Kim Trigg and Kim Long who ensured that the trip event was a success.

 

Dubbo Road Show – April 2013

In early April 2013, Earth Systems was back to Dubbo for another biochar roadshow. The 2013 roadshow consisted of an on-farm demonstration for local farmers and a group of TAFE agricultural students as well as another demonstration in Dubbo for those attending the Bio-energy Conference. The on-farm demonstration involved the successful trial of white cypress pine feedstock which is considered a woody weed by farmers in the region. Dr. Adrian Morphett from Earth Systems gave a talk to farmers and TAFE students about the biochar technology in conjunction with the on-farm demonstration and a presentation at the Bio-energy conference. The technology received an overwhelmingly positive response from farmers and conference attendees alike.

Special thanks to the Central West Catchment Management Authority and the Dubbo City Council for organising the logistical aspects of the trip. Michael Longhurst of the Central West CMA deserves a special mention for his tireless work organising both the roadtrip and the bio-energy conference as well as his ongoing commitment to growing the bio-energy industry in Australia. 

Below are some photos of the trip:

 

NSW Regional Road Show – 22-25 October 2012 – Bathurst, Dubbo and Nyngan

Earth Systems was kindly hosted by the Central West Catchment Management Authority, Dubbo City Council, Bathurst Regional Council, and the Carbon Farming Conference (Dubbo) to provide a regional NSW road show to demonstrate the MPP 20 at various locations. The North East Catchment Authority (NECMA) also kindly attended the entire road show to discuss how they have found the operation and practical aspects of the technology for application in their willow removal program. 

Demonstrations of the MPP 20 full-scale proto-type in operation were conducted at the following locations:

  • Monday 22 Oct. Bathurst Flannery Centre
  • Tuesday 23 Oct. Dubbo number one oval (In conjunction with the Dubbo Carbon Conference)
  • Wednesday 24 Oct. Dubbo Carbon Conference – Michael  Longhurst (CWCMA), Dr Adrian Morphett (Earth Systems), and Andrew Briggs (NECMA) – presenting at 9.30am about project, technology, and application to millions of hectares with invasive native scrub in NSW
  • Thursday 25th Oct. Nyngan (‘Hermitage Plains’)

Below are some photos of the trip: