Building Northwest Biochar Markets

An Introduction to Biochar Products, Markets, and Opportunities


Monday January 28th from 1:30 – 5:00

A Concurrent Session at the Harvesting Clean Energy Conference

Construction and Engineering Hall, 100 LaSells Stewart Center
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 97331


1.      Help participants understand biochar products, their use and value

2.      Foster an informed dialogue about advancing biochar markets in our region




1:30-2:00 Welcome and Introduction: Marcus Kauffman—Oregon Dept. of Forestry

Biochar Market Overview: Tom Miles—TR Miles Technical Consultants

  • Session overview and expectations—Marcus
  • Biochar products, qualities, characteristics, specific biochar qualities for specific uses—Tom


2:00-2:30 Biochar in Retail Garden and Nursery Markets: Renel Anderson—Biochar Supreme and Tom Grissom—International Tech Corporation (ITC)

  • Renel will describe Biochar Supreme’s success in using biochar to grow flowers and vegetables as well as their efforts to market biochar for the retail garden and commercial horticulture markets. She will also outline needs for marketing and support in these markets.
  • Tom will describe ITC’s experience marketing biochar in the retail garden market and identify ideas for future growth in that market segment.

2:30-3:15 Biochar Integrated with Heat and Power—Jerry Whitfield—Whitfield Biochar, John Meidema—BioLogical Carbon and Dean Foor—EC Oregon, and Neil Walgren—Cool Planet Energy Systems

  • Jerry will describe his proprietary technology and applications for integrated production of char, heat, and energy.
  • John and Dean will review the integration of biochar production to produce sustainable carbon at the Green Lane Energy anaerobic digestion facility in Junction City, Oregon.
  • Neil will summarize their business model and ongoing biochar related research.
  • All speakers will address the challenges and opportunities for advancing the biochar market.

3:14—3:45 Networking and Poster Session Break

  • Mingling, conversation, and poster review


3:45-4:30 Biochar Application in Stormwater, Commercial Landscaping and Erosion Control:

Robin Cook—Permamatrix, Jeff Hart—Kennedy Jenks, Tom Miles—TR Miles Technical Consultants, and Jim Archuleta—USDA Forest Service

  • Robin will describe their recent experience using biochar for road bank stabilization, industrial roof and parking lot drains.
  • Jeff will address the opportunities and challenges of biochar in stormwater applications.
  • Tom will review the WSU Demonstration Biochar in bioretention facilities for stormwater runoff.
  • Jim will provide an update on efforts to coat native seed with biochar to improve germination and plant survivability in burned areas. He will also cover the cooperative research efforts underway with USDA and multiple partners.
  • All speakers will address the challenges and opportunities for advancing the biochar market.

4:30-5:00 The Pathway Forward—Facilitated Discussion: Marcus Kauffman—ODF

  • Status of current market development efforts
  • Feedback on the day’s presentations
  • Market development pathway
  • Key demonstration projects
  • Ideas for moving forward



To register:

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Admission is FREE


Location and map:

Construction and Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center

Directions and map:



Park across the street in the Reser Stadium parking lot. The campus parking lots are pay lots from 7 am to 5 pm. Parking permits are available from automated kiosks in the lots and from the Parking Services office in Adams Hall, located at 15th & Washington. The full-day (five-hours or more) price is $7, with the parking lot kiosks offering hourly parking passes at $1 per hourly increment for up to four hours.


For more information about the PNW Biochar Working Group or this event please contact:



Marcus Kauffman

Biomass Resource Specialist

Oregon Department of Forestry



Tom Miles

T.R. Miles Technical Consultants