The Benefits of Using Biochar and Top Lit UpDraft (TLUD) Technology in Sustainable Urban Agriculture
Sustainable biochar is a powerful and simple tool to amend soils, reduce waste, and reverse the effects of climate change. This ancient practice converts organic agricultural wastes into a potent soil catalyst that increases productive yields, boosts food security, and sequesters carbon from the atmosphere into the soil. Biochar is one of the few technologies that is inexpensive, scalable, and whose products have a wide variety of positive impacts & beneficial uses.
Professor Paul Anderson, also known as "Dr. TLUD", is an internationally recognized leader concerning micro-gasification; he is the inventor of AVUD (Anderson Variation UpDraft) gasification technology and has been one of the primary promoters of Top Lit UpDraft (TLUD) both innovative technologies for high efficiency low emission conversion of waste biomass to biochar.
Dr. Paul Anderson’s primary focus is providing aid work by designing economic low emission cook stoves. Since 2001, he has continuously worked on improving his designs of TLUD gasifiers. He also regularly conducts weeklong Combined Heat and Biochar (CHAB) workshops in four continents.
This lecture will discuss: The process of pyrolysis, TLUD designs, scalability, use of TLUDs as a means of cooking in communities affected by smoke inhalation, local production of stoves, along with small scale biochar production.
Dr. Anderson will also be demonstrating the production of biochar on site of his various TLUD designs. We will also discuss the practical use and application of biochar in agriculture.
When: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Where: Urban Habitat Chicago (UHC)
Northside College Prep
5501 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60625
Time: 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm
Cost: $25 – UHC members
$35 – Non-UHC members
$45 at the door
Maximum capacity: 65
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