Biochar as a possible resource in agriculture

Biochar or charcoal is obtained through pyrolysis starting from agricultural wastes. The biomass pyrolysis process originates energy and a by-product known as Biochar. Recent studies show an effect of Biochar as a soil amendment and an increase on crop yield. Since November 2012 Open Fields is a partner of a research project by the Regione Toscana in collaboration with AGT-Advanced Gasification Technology and the Institute of Biometereology Ibimet of the CNR. The project goals are to evaluate a possible energy value chain, to study the effect of the use of Biochar in agriculture and to promote it through several activities.

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