News and Media

August 2018 – Green Man Char at Melbourne Orchid Spectacular 2018

The CharMaker has been producing biochar in full swing, now with Green Man Char products on display at the Melbourne Orchid Spectacular from 24 August to 26 August 2018 organised by Orchid Societies Council of Victoria (OSCOV) held in Boxhall Pavilion, KCC Park (State Dog Centre) – 655 Western Port Highway, Skye VIC 3977.

Hope we can see you there!

More info available from OSCOV website

February 2018 – Green Man Char at Melbourne Sustainable Living Festival

The biochar produced by our CharMaker aka Green Man Char is on display at the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne from 9 February to 11 February 2018 at Federation Square.

The festival is all about empowering and encouraging Australians to uptake sustainable living. Please join us there!

(Click here to read more about Green Man Char and here for Green man Char product information)

September 2017 – 2017 Bioenergy Forum Workshop and Field Tour in Ararat adline
Dr John Sanderson will be presenting at the Bioenergy Conference in Ararat on 11th -12th September 2017. The conference is held by the Victorian Bioenergy Network and its aim is to provide local government businesses, community groups and others interested in reducing their energy costs and environmental impact, and learning more about how bioenergy benefits us all.

John will provide background on the development and progress with our Charmaker, which is currently generating energy and biochar via installations in both Australia and overseas, as well as holding a bioenergy workshop to provide participants with basic knowledge on bioenergy systems. Please click here to find out more about the conference and how to register.

August 2017 – Australia and New Zealand Biochar Conference 2017
Our biochar team members Dr Adrian Morphett has recently presented at the Australia and New Zealand Biochar Conference 2017 (ANZBC17) in NSW on our CharMaker technology, Green Man Char, and wood vinegar. Click here to find out more about ANZBC17.

April & May 2017 – Biochar Workshops with Growing Abundance and Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens
Earth Systems’ biochar team members John Sanderson and Lann Falconer recently presented an introductory biochar workshop and a biochar makers day with Growing Abundance and Mount Alexander Fruit Gardens. Click here to see details of the workshops.

March 2017 – Biochar Feature in Earth Garden Magazine


To read the full article, please click HERE

August 2016 – Green Man Char Products at Bulleen Art & Garden and Ceres Nursery

You can now grab Green Man Char products from Bulleen Art & Garden at 6 Manningham Road West, Bulleen, VIC 3105 and CERES Permaculture and Bushfood Nursery at Cnr Roberts & Stewart Sts, Brunswick East, VIC 3057.

They’re open 7 days a week 9 am – 5 pm.

May 2016 – Green Man Char Products Now Available!!

At Green Man Char we offer char / biochar based soil improvers for all your gardening and horticultural needs. Our products improve the physical structure of soil, increase its water holding capacity, increase nutrient retention and enhance plant growth. We also provide charcoal for gourmet cooking. Green Man products are sustainably produced in Australia using the CharMaker technology. The Green Man charcoal and biochar products can be used for agriculture, industry and gourmet cooking.

Please visit the Green Man Char website here for more product and purchase information.

January 2016 – Earth Systems CharMaker MPP20 featured in British Biochar Foundation Newsletter

Earth Systems’ CharMaker MPP20 project in Hong Kong has been covered by British Biochar Foundation (BBF) in their January 2016 newsletter. The article reviews the biochar production project in Hong Kong’s Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) to assist with native species revegetation and biomass waste management. Read full article here.

September 2015 – Successful Biochar Field Trial in Karoonda, South Australia
The biochar field trial hosted by Murray Mallee Local Action Planning Association (see below) was a successful event with Earth Systems’ CharMaker MPP20 producing high quality biochar from oil mallee trees of various dimensions and moisture content.

Click here to read more.

August 2015 – On-farm Production of Biochar on September 10th 2015 in Karoonda, South Australia

Earth Systems will showcase the CharMaker MPP20 in a biochar field day hosted by the Murray Mallee Local Action Planning Association. The field day will demonstrate the production of biochar using sustainably grown and harvested Oil Mallee Plantations.

The field day will be held on 10 September 2015 in Karoonda, South Australia from 10.30 am – 1.30 pm. Please see more details and register your attendance by following the instruction in the flyer here or download the PDF version.

Another successful field trial in Karoonda, converting oil mallee to biochar! Check out the highlights of the trial below.
Another successful field trial in Karoonda, converting oil mallee to biochar! Check out the highlights of the trial below.

May 2015 – Turning Waste into High Value Product: Earth Systems’ CharMaker Converted Coleman Rail’s Wooden Floor Blocks to Biochar

During the tender process of the Preston Tram Workshops held by Coleman Rail, the wooden floor blocks, located in Yarra Trams’ old industrial workshops, were identified as disposable landfill. However, through value engineering and collaboration with Earth Systems, a potential purpose for the floor blocks was identified that in turn reduced the project’s total landfill, i.e. conversion to biochar.

Click here to read more about the project and here to view the original article from Coleman Rail( PDF version).

April 2015 – Earth Systems at 2015 ICF National Conference: Tree Health, Resilience, and Sustainability in UK

Earth Systems was the R&D Poster Zone Sponsor at the conference held in Cardiff (UK) on 22-23 April 2015. The conference discussed tree health challenges facing UK forestry ways to resolve these issues with inputs from national and international experts.

The conference also focused on solutions, including planning for resilience, practical responses in the field, as well as messages for government and the profession. Click here to find out more about the conference.

February 2015 – Earth Systems to Install and Commission 4th CharMaker MPP20 Unit in Hong Kong
Earth Systems shall construct, install, and commission a full biochar production process based around the CharMaker MPP technology at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) Corporation in Hong Kong . The unit will process locally sourced woody biomass resources that meet feedstock specifications and transform this material to a high quality biochar product. Watch this space for more development on this project.

January 2015 – Biosecurity in the Black – Biochar Article in the Chartered Forester Magazine

Earth Systems has had a biochar article published in the Chartered Forester magazine in the UK. This article first appeared in the Autumn 2014 issue of Chartered Forester, the magazine for members of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), and is reproduced by kind permission of the ICF.

Click here to read the full article.

September 2014 – Earth Systems Presenting at Bio-CharFest Mullumbimby 2014

John Sanderson from Earth Systems was featured in Byron Shire News for his CharMaker MPP20 presentation at the Bio-CharFest Mullumbimby 2014. CharMaker MPP20 was a ‘big-hit’ at the festival.

Click here to read the full article.

July-2014 – Earth Systems Presenting at British Biochar Foundation Conference in UK
Chris Smithies from Earth Systems presents with a live feed from Australia explaining how Earth Systems’ CharMaker MPP20 produce biochar at the British Biochar Foundation (BBF) Conference in the UK held on 7-8 July 2014.

Click here for the presentation materials and here for the video of the presentation.