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Biochar is a form of charcoal that is produced through the process of pyrolysis, which involves heating organic materials, such as agricultural waste, wood or plant residues, in a low-oxygen environment. The result is a highly porous, stable and carbon-rich material with a range of agricultural and industrial applications.

When buried, biochar builds nutrients, fertilisers, water retention and microorganisms, effectively conditioning soil.

Due to biochar’s porosity, it can remove water contaminants and help treat water in constructed wetlands.

As a feed additive, biochar can reduce methane emissions from ruminant livestock.

Biochar has a remarkable ability to sequester carbon for long periods of time.

When incorporated into soil, it becomes a stable carbon sink, reducing the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. The carbon in biochar is resistant to microbial degradation, providing a durable carbon storage solution.

Biochar has a number of practical agricultural and industrial applications.

Biochar improves soil fertility by enhancing water retention, nutrient availability and microbial activity. This can lead to increased crop yields and reduced need for synthetic fertilisers. It acts as a soil conditioner, making it particularly beneficial in areas with degraded soils or where agriculture has led to nutrient depletion.

Biochar can be used in water treatment processes to remove contaminants. Its porous structure adsorbs pollutants, making it an effective tool for improving water quality in both agricultural and industrial settings.

Biochar can be incorporated into cement production by mixing it with raw materials such as limestone and clay. During the calcination process in cement manufacturing, the carbon in biochar becomes part of the clinker, effectively sequestering carbon dioxide within the cement matrix. This utilization of biochar in cement helps offset carbon emissions, contributing to more sustainable and environmentally friendly construction practices.

Biochar can be incorporated into asphalt mixtures as a sustainable additive, enhancing the performance of asphalt pavements. By blending biochar with asphalt binder and aggregates, the resulting mix benefits from improved stability, reduced rutting and enhanced resistance to temperature-related cracking. This application not only enhances the mechanical properties of the asphalt but also provides an environmentally friendly approach by utilising a carbon-rich material produced through pyrolysis.

Biochar can be employed in land remediation by amending contaminated soils to reduce the availability of pollutants. Its porous structure and high surface area allow biochar to adsorb and immobilise heavy metals and organic contaminants, preventing them from leaching into the environment. This application not only facilitates soil detoxification but also enhances soil fertility and structure, promoting sustainable land management practices.