Biochar: A Solution for Global Warming
Pure carbon char (biochar) is the output from Simeken PRO™ System that can be profitably sold, burned for energy, or further refined into products such as carbon which can be used as a soil amendment.
When used as a soil additive, biochar can increase the rate of plant growth. It can help achieve higher yields due to the presence of oligo elements. It is also safer than manure or sewage, and reduces the risk of water table contamination. Biochar can also filter shallow soil water to remove any contaminants. Abandoned mine ponds are environmental hazards. Biochar can further help in the removal of heavy metals and acids from these locations.
When it comes to the mitigation of global warming, biochar can aid us with carbon sequestration. In simple words, the carbon that becomes locked into the carbon char output from the Simeken PRO™ System reduces the amount of free carbon in the world, and thereby also reduces the amount of global warming.
Biochar’s Uses Within the Industry: There’s Still Hope
Learn more about the environmental and economic benefits of biochar below:
The oil and gas industry
As the EPA has recently proposed standards to mitigate emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and air toxics from oil and natural gas wells, biochar can be applied to the soil in oil and gas production areas in order to decontaminate the well cuttings. When this is done, hydrocarbons and the VOCs are captured and sequestered in the biochar. Before they are off-gassed into the atmosphere, they are broken down to nontoxic levels.
Biochar can remove pollutants and can be used to purify producer water from wells, allowing for the discharge of clean water.
Land remediation and reclamation
Biochar can prevent contaminants present in the soil of abandoned mines from leaching into local water supplies by sequestering the heavy metals and acids. This can help in quick reclamation of mines at a lesser cost. The leached soil can now support plant growth due to the improved soil fertility, increased infiltration and reduced erosion.