Bio-Char II: Production, Characterization and Applications

An ECI Conference Series

September 15-20, 2019
Grand Hotel San Michele
Cetraro (Calabria), Italy

19AJ

About This Conference

When organic materials (woody or agricultural materials, organic residues, sewage sludge, digestate,…) are thermally decomposed in the absence of oxygen, one of the resulting products is bio-char, a solid compound rich in carbon and inorganic elements. Incorporated into the ground, bio-char is a porous soil enhancer that can lock up carbon, supply minerals, prevent nutrient leaching and water contamination and retain soil moisture. As a result, bio-char can be an efficient material to enhance soil properties while sequestering carbon. However, bio-char’s porous properties make it also suitable for a variety of value-added applications: adsorption of pollutants, filler for composites, catalysts, material for electronic applications, etc. Bio-char properties depend on the biomass feedstock used as well as the operating conditions used for its production.  Moreover, these properties can be manipulated by pre- and post-processing. By understanding and controlling these factors, it is possible to create value-added “designer biochars” for specific applications.

The interest in bio-char has been booming all over the world.  A number of companies have jumped into production and the user community is looking for carbon-negative applications.  As a result, it is imperative to review the existing knowledge as well as to stimulate research and development activities to bring clarity to this field, ranging from feedstock selection and properties, to production and upgrading processes, from identification of applications to economics, from characterization to products standardization and policies.

The conference aims to create a forum where the current knowledge as well as the future directions are openly reviewed and discussed.

Main Themes and Proposed Sessions:

  • History and long-term performance of bio-char: what can we learn from the past? Long-term monitored field studies
  • Sustainable feedstocks for bio-char production: characterization, pre-processing and suitability/response to thermal processing
  • Bio-char production processes: from torrefaction, slow and fast pyrolysis, gasification and hydrothermal processing
  • Bio-char characterization: relationships among feedstock, production technology and characteristics
  • Bio-char reactor technologies
  • Co-products of biochar production: a biorefinery approach
  • Bio-char physical and chemical post-processing (grinding, functionalization, activation
  • Bio-char applications: soil amendments, adsorbents, catalysts, fillers for composites, electronic applications
  • Bio-char handling, storage, markets and commercialization
  • Bio-char use sequences: integration of value chains in agricultural models and forestry
  • Bio-char policies, regulations, and standardization
  • Case studies: success stories, failures, and lessons learned
  • Biochar and climate change

Format:

The format of the conference will be the “retreat-style Banff-format”. There will be no parallel sessions in order to allow all participants to be exposed to and contribute to all presentations. Apart from four plenary lectures of 30 minutes each, the regular contributions will consist of short oral presentations (10 minutes + 2 minutes for change of speaker). Each presentation, however, will also be accompanies by a poster, to be presented normally during the social hour after dinner. The poster session will allow ample time for questions and answers and informal discussion between presenter and interested participants. Additional free-forum poster presentations will also be invited.

Networking time will be encouraged during each afternoon. This will allow participants to engage in informal discussions and to spend time together enjoying the many beautiful outdoor activities available at the venue.

Information on the most recent conference on this topic.

Conference Organization

Co-Chairs:

Franco Berruti (Western University, London, Ontario, Canada)
David Chiaramonti (RE-CORD, University of Firenze, Italy)
Ondrej Masek (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK)
Manuel Garcia-Perez (Washington State University, USA)

Conference Program

Please use This Link to view the final program and posters.

Conference Photos

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19AJ Bio-char Kua Presentation

General Information About ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

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