Diacarbon Energy Inc. is collaborating with BC Hydro to conduct a field trial study in the Peace River Region, BC to examine the effects of biochar on barley growth along with the soil temperature and nutrient levels. This study will explore the utilization of non-merchantable fibre generated by the cleaning activities associated with BC Hydro’s Site C Energy Project, and in particular testing the feasibility of converting non-merchantable fibre into alternative and higher value biochar.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) authorized this first of its kind testing in BC following Diacarbon’s lab results that showed that biochar improves water retention, root development, and fresh yields of barley using soils from the Peace River Region.
Diacarbon’s biochar is a soil treatment product that has been in development, with several academic and industry partners, for over three years. Dr. Jared L. Taylor, Vice President of Research and Development at Diacarbon, commented “This trial represents a big step for biochar research as field trial data in Canada is scarce, and we are quite excited to be working with BC Hydro on this project.” He added “We are also pleased to receive CFIA approval to test our biochar product as such field trials are necessary to validate the wide scale applications of biochar, and its benefits to both soil health and carbon sequestration initiatives”.
The biochar field trial stretches across a 1200 square meter area within the Peace River Region. Seven randomized blocks, each containing four different biochar treatment rates (including 0% biochar) were seeded with barley. This trial will run over the course of the summer with an August 2014 harvest. To test the biochar treatments under typical conditions the crops will not be irrigated and will rely on seasonal precipitation.
Image on left: The biochar being applied to the field prior to incorporation and seeding.
Image on right: Biochar field trial using various treatment levels of biochar and then planted with barley.
For further information, please contact:
Diacarbon Energy Inc.
Corporate Communications and Marketing Manager
Community Relations Manager, Site C Clean Energy Project