Important review article


Paul S Anderson
 

To Biocharists with CDR interests, and vice versa to CDR folks who could have interest in biochar.

 

In case you have not seen it, there is an important article published last week (11 March 2021).   Open access, and downloadable, found at:

 

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10311-021-01210-1#Tab3       The abstract does not do justice to the content about crucial issues of CDR via biochar.

Industrial biochar systems for atmospheric carbon removal: a review

Environmental Chemistry Letters (2021)Cite this article

Abstract

In the context of climate change, there is an urgent need for rapid and efficient methods to capture and sequester carbon from the atmosphere. For instance, production, use and storage of biochar are highly carbon negative, resulting in an estimated sequestration of 0.3–2 Gt CO2 year−1 by 2050. Yet, biochar production requires more knowledge on feedstocks, thermochemical conversion and end applications. Herein, we review the design and development of biochar systems, and we investigate the carbon removal industry. Carbon removal efforts are currently promoted via the voluntary market. The major commercialized technologies for offering atmospheric carbon removal are forestation, direct air carbon capture utilization and storage, soil carbon sequestration, wooden building elements and biochar, with corresponding fees ranging from 10 to 895 GBP (British pounds) per ton CO2. Biochar fees range from 52 to 131 GBP per ton CO2, which indicates that biochar production is a realistic strategy that can be deployed at large scale. Carbon removal services via biochar are currently offered through robust marketplaces that require extensive certification, verification and monitoring, which adds an element of credibility and authenticity. Biochar eligibility is highly dependent on the type of feedstock utilized and processing conditions employed. Process optimization is imperative to produce an end product that meets application-specific requirements, environmental regulations and achieve ultimate stability for carbon sequestration purposes.

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Neither the pages nor the sections are numbered, making it hard to direct readers to specific passages.   There is this list of Sections with active links.   Of special interest is the Section     Biochar:  a negative emissions technology   (just before the Conclusion).   It includes a sub-section on   Carbon removal marketplace participation requirements  and another on Certification.   Well done.

 

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Paul

 

Doc / Dr TLUD / Paul S. Anderson, PhD --- Website:   www.drtlud.com

         Email:  psanders@...       Skype:   paultlud

         Phone:  Office: 309-452-7072    Mobile & WhatsApp: 309-531-4434

Exec. Dir. of Juntos Energy Solutions NFP    Go to: www.JuntosNFP.org 

Inventor of RoCC kilns and author of Biochar white paper :  See  www.woodgas.energy/resources  

Author of “A Capitalist Carol” (free digital copies at www.capitalism21.org)

         with pages 88 – 94 about solving the world crisis for clean cookstoves.

 


Ian McChesney
 

Thanks Paul, good find. Agree this is an important work and is likely to be influential. 

As well as placing biochar 2nd in a list of 10 CO2 removal measure for its ability to 'hack' the carbon cycle this Review provides clear context for policy development leading to much larger carbon removal markets and Net Zero. Biochar moves up a step ................, Ian


Paul S Anderson
 

Ian and all,

 

Your favorable comment (below) about the review article about biochar is appreciated.     The article is available at:  https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10311-021-01210-1#Tab3      

 

But I I did not detect any comparative evaluation in “….placing biochar 2nd in a list of 10 CO2 removal measure for its ability to 'hack' the carbon cycle..”  

 

We agree about the article’s  importance, but I fear that this exceptional article could be a quickly forgotten or ignored as are many other important  useful articles, whether peer reviewed or not.     For example, I needed to go hunting to “re-find” the link to  then check the article again.

 

Likewise, my own white paper on “Climate Intervention with Biochar” ( available at   www.woodgas.energy/resources ) is well  regarded by some and already off of the radar and forgotten  by others.  

 

In general, we who are so dedicated to biochar (as are others who advocate for any CDR methods) must bring together (not write, but accumulate for easy access) the important documents for each key aspect of the CDR methods.   If we do not, we as a community will not provide adequate “education” for helping others appreciate biochar or whatever. 

 

Similarly, we need to “condense” and repackage the long and content-packed publications into appropriate items (sometimes as videos) to make  the topics more easily understood by the general public, even for school children.  

 

As an example, I provide my 7-minute YouTube video that more clearly indicates the position of Biochar in the full spectrum of Carbon  Dioxide Removal and storage (CDRS).     https://youtu.be/KOERNq9T6JA        (Also with a written document at   www.woodgas.energy/resources )   A key Figure (below) that is “technology neutral” could be used by any and all of the CDRS approaches.

 

 

Paul

 

Doc / Dr TLUD / Paul S. Anderson, PhD --- Website:   www.drtlud.com

         Email:  psanders@...       Skype:   paultlud

         Phone:  Office: 309-452-7072    Mobile & WhatsApp: 309-531-4434

Exec. Dir. of Juntos Energy Solutions NFP    Go to: www.JuntosNFP.org 

Inventor of RoCC kilns and author of Biochar white paper :  See  www.woodgas.energy/resources  

Author of “A Capitalist Carol” (free digital copies at www.capitalism21.org)

         with pages 88 – 94 about solving the world crisis for clean cookstoves.

 

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Thanks Paul, good find. Agree this is an important work and is likely to be influential. 

As well as placing biochar 2nd in a list of 10 CO2 removal measure for its ability to 'hack' the carbon cycle this Review provides clear context for policy development leading to much larger carbon removal markets and Net Zero. Biochar moves up a step ................, Ian


Geoff Thomas
 

Thank you very much Paul, - great Article.
Cheers, Geoff Thomas.

On 20 Mar 2021, at 3:08 am, Paul S Anderson <psanders@...> wrote:

Ian and all,
 
Your favorable comment (below) about the review article about biochar is appreciated.     The article is available at:  https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10311-021-01210-1#Tab3      
 
But I I did not detect any comparative evaluation in “….placing biochar 2nd in a list of 10 CO2 removal measure for its ability to 'hack' the carbon cycle..”  
 
We agree about the article’s  importance, but I fear that this exceptional article could be a quickly forgotten or ignored as are many other important  useful articles, whether peer reviewed or not.     For example, I needed to go hunting to “re-find” the link to  then check the article again.
 
Likewise, my own white paper on “Climate Intervention with Biochar” ( available at   www.woodgas.energy/resources ) is well  regarded by some and already off of the radar and forgotten  by others.  
 
In general, we who are so dedicated to biochar (as are others who advocate for any CDR methods) must bring together (not write, but accumulate for easy access) the important documents for each key aspect of the CDR methods.   If we do not, we as a community will not provide adequate “education” for helping others appreciate biochar or whatever. 
 
Similarly, we need to “condense” and repackage the long and content-packed publications into appropriate items (sometimes as videos) to make  the topics more easily understood by the general public, even for school children.  
 
As an example, I provide my 7-minute YouTube video that more clearly indicates the position of Biochar in the full spectrum of Carbon  Dioxide Removal and storage (CDRS).     https://youtu.be/KOERNq9T6JA        (Also with a written document at   www.woodgas.energy/resources )   A key Figure (below) that is “technology neutral” could be used by any and all of the CDRS approaches.
 
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Paul
 
Doc / Dr TLUD / Paul S. Anderson, PhD --- Website:   www.drtlud.com
         Email:  psanders@...       Skype:   paultlud
         Phone:  Office: 309-452-7072    Mobile & WhatsApp: 309-531-4434
Exec. Dir. of Juntos Energy Solutions NFP    Go to: www.JuntosNFP.org  
Inventor of RoCC kilns and author of Biochar white paper :  See  www.woodgas.energy/resources  
Author of “A Capitalist Carol” (free digital copies at www.capitalism21.org)
         with pages 88 – 94 about solving the world crisis for clean cookstoves.
 
From: main@Biochar.groups.io <main@Biochar.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ian McChesney via groups.io
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Thanks Paul, good find. Agree this is an important work and is likely to be influential. 

As well as placing biochar 2nd in a list of 10 CO2 removal measure for its ability to 'hack' the carbon cycle this Review provides clear context for policy development leading to much larger carbon removal markets and Net Zero. Biochar moves up a step ................, Ian 



Ian McChesney
 

Paul et al, 

Abstract - Gt/yr potential, but biochar in last place for commercialisation (currently kt/yr) 

Introduction - NETs listed as BECCs, Biochar, SOC, Trees, Peat etc  .... which I make '2nd place'

Sadly, I suspect a lot more documentation will have to flow across the screen before we see Mt/yr sequestration from biochar, but Paul makes a valid point on communication.  


Geoff Thomas
 

Yes Paul, it is a problem, - I have downloaded your 52 page and video, and the springer etc, but of course no time to read them all through, so I will only do that if I need them, - to give a talk or such.
And even then, I will have to hope the info I need is easily findable, - this seems to be a general problem with just about everyone about everything, - the thought I have about it is that somewhere or somewheres, there needs to be a Biochar School set up, so the ‘body of knowledge’ is brought together, - initially long term members of the Biochar ‘persuasion’ then as students come through, talented teachers will arise, - Biochar would become a Discipline, with, as in a university course,  certain required prequisites, that would evolve with time.
Essential, imho, would be flexibility as it is a young and evolving ‘discipline’, and must be able to grow, not in a cage. 
Cheers,
Geoff. Thomas.

On 20 Mar 2021, at 3:08 am, Paul S Anderson <psanders@...> wrote:

Ian and all,
 
Your favorable comment (below) about the review article about biochar is appreciated.     The article is available at:  https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10311-021-01210-1#Tab3      
 
But I I did not detect any comparative evaluation in “….placing biochar 2nd in a list of 10 CO2 removal measure for its ability to 'hack' the carbon cycle..”  
 
We agree about the article’s  importance, but I fear that this exceptional article could be a quickly forgotten or ignored as are many other important  useful articles, whether peer reviewed or not.     For example, I needed to go hunting to “re-find” the link to  then check the article again.
 
Likewise, my own white paper on “Climate Intervention with Biochar” ( available at   www.woodgas.energy/resources ) is well  regarded by some and already off of the radar and forgotten  by others.  
 
In general, we who are so dedicated to biochar (as are others who advocate for any CDR methods) must bring together (not write, but accumulate for easy access) the important documents for each key aspect of the CDR methods.   If we do not, we as a community will not provide adequate “education” for helping others appreciate biochar or whatever. 
 
Similarly, we need to “condense” and repackage the long and content-packed publications into appropriate items (sometimes as videos) to make  the topics more easily understood by the general public, even for school children.  
 
As an example, I provide my 7-minute YouTube video that more clearly indicates the position of Biochar in the full spectrum of Carbon  Dioxide Removal and storage (CDRS).     https://youtu.be/KOERNq9T6JA        (Also with a written document at   www.woodgas.energy/resources )   A key Figure (below) that is “technology neutral” could be used by any and all of the CDRS approaches.
 
<image001.png>
 
Paul
 
Doc / Dr TLUD / Paul S. Anderson, PhD --- Website:   www.drtlud.com
         Email:  psanders@...       Skype:   paultlud
         Phone:  Office: 309-452-7072    Mobile & WhatsApp: 309-531-4434
Exec. Dir. of Juntos Energy Solutions NFP    Go to: www.JuntosNFP.org  
Inventor of RoCC kilns and author of Biochar white paper :  See  www.woodgas.energy/resources  
Author of “A Capitalist Carol” (free digital copies at www.capitalism21.org)
         with pages 88 – 94 about solving the world crisis for clean cookstoves.
 
From: main@Biochar.groups.io <main@Biochar.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ian McChesney via groups.io
Sent: Friday, March 19, 2021 4:34 AM
To: main@Biochar.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Biochar] Important review article
 
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Thanks Paul, good find. Agree this is an important work and is likely to be influential. 

As well as placing biochar 2nd in a list of 10 CO2 removal measure for its ability to 'hack' the carbon cycle this Review provides clear context for policy development leading to much larger carbon removal markets and Net Zero. Biochar moves up a step ................, Ian