Welcome to the UKBRC
Biochar is a specially designed charcoal which offers a bright future for organic resource management, soil improvement and energy production.
It contains a high proportion of extremely stable carbon, and so sustainable production of biochar can be a significant, viable Negative Emissions Technology for mitigating human-induced climate change. Find out more about biochar
Since 2009, the UK Biochar Research Centre (UKBRC) has led strategic, multidisciplinary investigations of biochar. It is based in the School of GeoSciences at The University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Newcastle University and Rothamsted Research. Find out more about UKBRC.
UKBRC undertakes primary research into the production and use of biochar as well as engaging with relevant Governmental bodies.
Click here to access the report prepared by UKBRC and commissioned by the United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC): "An Assessment of the Benefits and Issues Associated with the Application of Biochar to Soil" (edited by Simon Shackley and Saran Sohi, published June 2010).
The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued an Interim Regulatory Position Statement on biochar - the first regulatory agency in the UK to develop a formal position on biochar regulation.
Latest News & Developments
Wolfram Buss PhD and new article
Wolfram Buss successfully completed his PhD exam on 28th June. Another of the articles based on his research was published online the previous day and can be freely downloaded (as a PDF file) via this link until 16th August. It concerns the suitability of biochar derived specifically from types of biomass that are of low alternative economic value.
28 June 2016
NEWS India-UK Fellowships
UK Research Councils provide funding to the "Newton-Bhabha Virtual Centre on Nitrogen Efficiency of Whole-cropping Systems for improved performance and resilience in agriculture". The Centre includes funds for 3-6 month Fellowships, that facilitate mobility of scientists between India and UK. This currently includes several that concern biochar for its interactions with nitrogen: details are on the relevant project page here.
06 June 2016
P sorbing biochar from and for wastewater treatment - and fertiliser
Jess Shepherd's first journal article presented concepts to help us focus effort in achieving more sustainable use of phosphorus. Now her first experimental paper is published. It focuses on a set a enhanced P sorbing biochar samples made from sewage sludge and iron ochre - for use between the wastewater cycle and agriculture. Until 22nd April 2016 the article is open access by clicking this link!
10 March 2016
Biochar Workshop - back in the UK
Tuesday March 22, 2016, will see the first UK workshop about biochar for some years. It has been organised at the Aston University Conference Centre, Birmingham, with various support including the Leverhulme UK-Canada biochar network. Keynote speakers include: Bruno Glaser (Martin Luther University), Daniele Fabbri (University of Bologna) and Tony Bridgwater (Aston University). To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and affiliation.
01 March 2016
Open access to new UKBRC article until March 2nd
UKBRC PhD student Wolfram Buss has just published a paper on aspects of biochar suitability, using biochar from samples of marginal biomass - biomass of no economic value (ordinarily incinerated or landfilled). The article can be freely downloaded (as a PDF file) via this link until 2nd March.
12 January 2016