Biochar Production Technology Lands in Vietnam.
By Josiah Hunt
In November, 2014 I had the honor of assisting in the installation of a BiGchar 2200 model biochar production technology at a new EcoFarm corn and rice processing facility near Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam. The facility is well suited for biochar and heat production, and part of a host of other interesting projects.
I had been engaged with Ecological Farming Corporation (EcoFarm) as technical advisor in a project partially funded by a grant awarded by the Vietnam Business Challenge Fund. More details on this can be found in a previous post HERE. In summary, two men joined together to develop “climate-smart” agricultural projects; Mr. Quang, a successful and self-made businessman, and Dr. Ninh, a professor and Nobel Laureate for his contribution to the 2007 International Panel on Climate Change report. They travelled to Hawaii in 2013, met with me, we signed a memorandum of understanding, a grant was awarded, a technology was chosen, purchased, shipped, installed and is now in operation.
Among the three technology options that provided quotes for the project, the BiGchar 2200 biochar production technology was chosen for it’s continuous feedstock throughput, acceptance of a wide range of feedstock materials, biochar quality, opportunity for heat capture, and capacity vs. price. More information on that technology and can be found HERE.
The EcoFarm corn and rice processing facility where the machine landed was a perfect fit for biochar production. The corn cobs and rice hulls that accumulate when processing the field material into storable grain will now be used to create the heat needed for drying the grains before storage. The biochar produced will be used in their own organic fertilizer blends and applied back to the fields.
Below is a series of photographs and information that will add some color to the story:
EcoFarm is already working on acquiring several more BiGchar units. A few stationary units such as the 2200 model shown here, and a series of smaller mobile units that can be deployed to the individual farms which are typically one hectare or less.
– Josiah Hunt