Biochar Research

High Plains Biochar & Biochar Research 

Biochar has many uses and benefits and we are still discovering new ones from utilizing Biochar through various research efforts around the world. 

High Plains Biochar is proud to be a part of numerous official studies researching and documenting some of the many benefits and uses of biochar.

 High Plains Biochar has been a part of these studies starting back in 2017. We are currently participating in new studies involving biochar and PFAS remediation and also testing various wood biochar with Virginia Tech University and have plans to participate in upcoming studies. 

Current 2022 projects include; 

Biochar use in PFAS remediation in North Carolina (private company).

 Various wood biochar testing including eucalyptus, citrus, and pine at Virginia Tech University.


Future projects include; 

Biochar use in cover crops.

Biochar lick tubs

and more.   

Check out some of our published biochar research below, including: 

Biochar in Feed & Reducing Methane Emissions in Livestock

An incredible study done by the University of Nebraska and the Nebraska Forest Service using Biochar to Reduce Methane Emissions in Livestock by 10-15%.  

Click HERE to read the Nebraska Beef Report.

Click HERE to read about Biochar Headbox work. 

Biochar and Improving Biogas Production

Research on food waste biochar, including Starbucks coffee grounds, used to improve biogas production. Read more by clicking HERE. 

Biochar & Green Roofs with the University of Nebraska Lincoln

Biochar use in Green Roof projects with the University of Nebraska. Read more by clicking HERE. 

Biochar use in Dryland Pastures with the University of Wyoming. 

Using Biochar in the High Plains to reduce carbon emissions through both soil amendment and cattle feed. 

Using Pyrolyzed Biochar and Coal as a Soil Amendment in Dryland Pastures can have a beneficial impact on the carbon emissions in numerous ways, from it's creation to it's use in soil and livestock feed. Read More about it in this article from AAAS by clicking HERE. 

Biochar and Capturing Mercury

A study done in conjunction with the Nebraska Forest Service and University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center.


Final report details the test results which show that Biochar is 90% as effective as activated carbon for capturing mercury when used in a coal-fired power plant setting.

Read more details  HERE.

Use of Pyrolized Coal and Biochar as a Soil Ammendment

Using Biochar in the High Plains as a Soil Amendment.


Study on a Sagebrush field in Lingle, Wyoming. 

After a burn in 2017 and applying the biochar mixed with manure in 2018, this 5 year study will follow the benefits and progress of this field and determine if these types of additives can improve poor quality soil areas. Scroll down to read more details. 

Use of Pyrolized Coal and Biochar as a Soil Amendment

Pete Stahl, Carrie Eberle, Anowar Islam, Jay Norton, Roger Coupal, Rowdy Yeatts

Carbon-based soil amendments, such as pyrolized coal and biochar, are used to improve soil health. Pyrolysis of coal involves burning coal at temperatures that produce a "coal char". Biochar is made using a similar process but uses biological based products such as pine wood. Both coal-char and bio-char are carbon-rich porous products with a high surface area, essentially "carbon sponges" that retain water, nutrients and houses soil microorganisms. 


Objective: We will evaluate if soil  amendment with carbon products improves the productivity and soil health of restored dryland pasture over 5 years. 


Field Site: Sagebrush Field in Lingle, WY, burned in the spring of 2017 and planted to forage sorghum in the summer of 2017. The top 6" of the soil has 1.4% soil organic matter and 64% sand. 

Soil Amendments: Carbon products were mixed with manure on 5/4/2018 (Fig 1a) and applied to the field at a rate of 10% v/v on 5/15/2018 (Fig 1b&d). For treatments that revived both a carbon product and manure, each product was added at 10% v/v. Incorporation was done using a 10' rototiller to a depth of 3" immediately after application (Fig 1c)

Use of Pyrolized Coal and Biochar as a Soil Ammendment Carbon Poster