prof. dr. ir. Ronsse Frederik
“Biochar” is a carbon-rich material that blends into soils to improve fertility, mitigating climate change by sequestering carbon while improving agricultural productivity.
"Biochar" is a type of carbon-rich solid material that is blended into soils to improve soil fertility. This emergent technology represents a unique approach to mitigating climate-change by sequestering carbon while simultaneously improving agricultural productivity. The biochar's potential in agriculture in the North Sea Region of Europe was assessed and a transnational strategy for biochar production was established. Potential feed stocks and pyrolysis techniques were identified and transnational field trials were set up. New protocols for biochar testing and for field trials as well as biochar deployment scenarios were developed.
Biochar is one a the few techniques capable of actively removing CO2 from the atmosphere and sequestering it through long-term soil storage. Proper understanding is needed of feedstock selection, pyrolysis conditions, biochar properties and soil/crop interaction.