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SeaChar.Org

Academic founded 2009

Global Washington Member

Address and Contact

2442 NW Market St. #552
Seattle, WA 98107

Art Donnelly(President)
206-612-3018
www.seachar.org

Organization Description

SeaChar.Org is working to research, educate and promote the use of biochar and clean biochar production. Biochar has great potential to favorably impact climate change, soil productivity, food security and the production of carbon negative sustainable biomass energy. Our technology development is producing clean burning fuel efficient alternatives to open fire burning of wood or charcoal for cooking and commercial scale charcoal production. We prioritize crop and forestry waste products as new energy input sources. As such our work and the resource we represent supports all of the following areas :

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
• creation of new entrepreneurial fuel cycles
• decreased cost of cooking and heating inputs
• decreased cost of agricultural inputs
• creation of in country manufacturing
• potential carbon credit (offset and sequestration) funding
• increased agricultural productivity
• creation of clean energy and value added products sector, from green waste

GLOBAL HEALTH:
• improved indoor air quality
• improved food security
• improved water quality
• improved green and animal waste handling

CLIMATE, ENVIRONMENT, AGRICULTURE:
• improved soil tilth, water handling, nutrient cycling and productivity
• reduced fertilizer leaching
• reduced methane and NO2 emissions from ag. activities
• biochar is a long lasting carbon sink for carbon taken from the CO2 cycle, thus it is a major “wedge” strategy for the reduction of atmoshperic CO2 levels
• reduced deforestation, due to redirected and/or more efficient fuel cycles
• reduced desertification, through (anthropogenic) soil building
• brown field soil remediation

EDUCATION:
• biochar/stove program development support
• biochar plot testing
• training trainers on the use and potential of gassification
technology (stoves to village energy production)

With the support of the Global Washington community, we will work to make SeaChar.Org a resource for experienced partners seeking to build positive, sustainable infrastructure world wide. SeaChar is currently working with Agros International to evaluate the requirements for a successful biochar development project in rural Central America.

Example Project

SeaChar´s Central America BioChar Stove Pilot Project: The foundation for an understanding of the soil-improvement potential of biochar and combustion principles of the gasifier stove has been laid, and the citizens of Agros´ community of San Jose are eager to learn more about how SeaChar´s technology can directly improve their lives.  The smoke that constantly billows out from the kitchens of the 25 families in this community might soon be a thing of the past, and there´s hope that in the coming years, those burdensome fertilizer costs can be reduced significantly.  After the first round of stove demos, there are less concerns about usability, with one village resident commenting, "using this stove is completely easy."  The stove and the biochar it produces are constantly referred to as "bonito," meaning "pretty" or "nice." Men, women, and children all share a common curiosity, as the benefits of the stove can affect them all.  Even though the women do the great majority of the cooking, the men appreciate the fact that it burns so cleanly.  When the first charred corn husks and other agricultural wastes came out of the stove, it was apparent even to some of the kids that this could easily be added to the community´s organic fertilizer mix (called "bocache") or used in their family´s composting toilet.  The stage is being set for the first batch of biochar producing stoves to be made locally here in Matagalpa, thanks to the financial support of Groundwork Opportunities.

Activities that promote health

Clean Water & Sanitation Access, Food, Water Borne, & Diarrheal Diseases, Nutrition

Activities that combat poverty

Economic & Social Inequities, Economic Development

Activities that protect the environment

Air Quality, Climate Change, Ecosystems Services, Energy, Forests & Forestry, Natural Resource Conservation & Preservation, Pollution & Toxins, Public Environmental Conceptions & Behavior, Soil Quality, Sustainable Agriculture & Farming, Watersheds

Areas of Service

Capacity Building, Education & Training, Products & Services, Public Awareness, Sustainable Business Operations, Technology Development

Nations of the World

Americas: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), French Guiana, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French part), Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay, Venezuela, Virgin Islands, British, Virgin Islands, U.S., Washington State, U.S.