What you’ll learn
This webinar presents a summary of results from forest, range, and mine sites where biochar has been applied and from a life cycle assessment and economic analysis of producing biochar from forest residues. Biochar is produced from biomass at high temperatures in a low-oxygen environment. Using data collected from a pilot plant built for the Waste-to-Wisdom project, this webinar presents an outlook on the future of smaller-scale, near-woods biochar production from an environmental and economic perspective. Specifically, we will discuss the environmental impacts and implications from a life cycle assessment of biochar from waste forest biomass then describe the economics and potential markets.
Who can benefit
Forestland managers, logging and biomass contractors, biomass conversion tech firms, biomass marketing specialists, government agencies that regulate air quality, academics interested in utilization of biomass, and more.
- Deborah S. Page-Dumroese: Supervisory Research Soil Scientist, Rocky Mountain Research Station
- Maureen Puettmann: Consultant, WoodLife Environmental Consultants
- Ted Bilek: Economist, USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory
About Waste to Wisdom
Waste to Wisdom is an innovative biomass research project funded by a $5.88 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the Biomass Research and Development Initiative program: Award Number DE-EE0006297. Humboldt State University and 15 regional partners are building on existing research on the conversion of forest residues into bioenergy and other valuable bio-based products.