Yesterday, I took a novel approach to converting short cycle organic carbon, a product of photosynthesis, into long cycle elemental carbon, biochar, with a one quart retort. It gave a very clean result with the retort clean as a whistle at the end. No tarry residues on the inside of the lid or any place else. The retort was loaded with about 1 quart of wood pellets and yielded about 16 oz of char — by volume.
To read how this becomes “Everyman’s gas well in a can, a distributed solution”, please follow the link below:
The illustrations and text in the PDF will allow you to make your own gas well in a can easily, quickly, and safely. It’s a fun project that you will enjoy. I hope you will do this experiment and then post comments about your experiences for other readers to learn from.
If you use this in a science class, please let me know.
Note 2: ZeroPoint Clean Tech is well on the way to commercializing the use of “Manufactured Gas” made from biomass — NOT coal.
Note 3: Here is a link to the Wikipedia entry on the key role “Manufactured Gas” played in economic development in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Author: Jock Gill