FRANKLIN, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/EarthDay?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#EarthDaylt;/agt;–In conjunction with the celebration of Earth
Day today, Aries
Clean Energy is pleased to announce that its Aries GREEN™ biochar
product has earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified
Biobased Product label and certification from the International Biochar
Institute (IBI). The product is now able to display the USDA label and
the IBI Certified™ biochar seal.
Third-party verification for a product’s biobased content is
administered through the USDA BioPreferred Program, an initiative
created by the 2002 Farm Bill (and most recently expanded by the 2014
Farm Bill). One of the goals of the program is to increase the
development, purchase, and use of biobased products.
Independent labs are also utilized for the IBI certification process. In
each instance, samples are tested, and the results are sent to USDA and
IBI for analysis and final approvals. IBI is the world’s foremost
authority and source of credible information on biochar,
and it has established itself as an international leader in helping to
make sustainable biochar systems commercially viable in order to combat
climate change and enhance soils.
The addition of biochar to plants and crops returns carbon to the soil.
It also improves plant life by retaining water due to the carbon content
of the product. Biochar varies depending on what it is made from and how
it is made. Not all biochar is created equal. Certification processes
like these keep the public and the planet safe.
“The certification of Aries GREEN™ biochar by both these groups is a
great accomplishment,” said Gregory
Bafalis, CEO of Aries Clean Energy. “This will give our product an
edge in today’s biochar marketplace. It’s further validation that
downdraft gasification is a green solution for wood waste streams.
“Consumers can confidently use this on houseplants, lawns, and gardens
knowing that nothing in it is harmful because it has been through
independent testing. We are currently working to take Aries GREEN™
biochar to the public later this year.”
Bafalis added that the ongoing biochar testing through the University of
Tennessee Institute for Agriculture is encouraging. “Although results
have not been published because the testing is ongoing, preliminary
findings show that biochar does make a difference. The crops planted on
soil with biochar added are visibly larger and healthier. It has also
helped reclaim flood-induced, sand-dense soil into crop producing areas.”
“Our preliminary findings have shown that biochar can be a beneficial
soil enhancement because its carbon properties capture and hold water,
leading to deeper roots and increased growth,” said Forbes Walker,
professor of biosystems engineering and soil science, at the University
of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. He and his students are
currently involved in soil and plant research using biochar.
“We applaud Aries Clean Energy, LLC for earning the USDA Certified
Biobased Product label,” said Kate Lewis, USDA BioPreferred Program.
“Products from Aries Clean Energy, LLC are contributing to an
ever-expanding marketplace that adds value to renewable agriculture
commodities, creates jobs in rural communities, and decreases our
reliance on petroleum.”
The USDA Certified Biobased Product label displays a product’s biobased
content, which is the portion of a product that comes from a renewable
source, such as plant, animal, marine, or forestry feedstocks. Aries
GREEN™ is 96% carbon. Utilizing renewable, biobased materials displaces
the need for non-renewable petroleum-based chemicals.
The USDA says biobased products, through petroleum displacement, have
played an increasingly important role in reducing greenhouse gas
emissions that exacerbate global climate change. Biobased products are
cost-comparative, readily available, and perform as well as or better
than their conventional counterparts.
A primary goal of the IBI Biochar Certification Program is to create
consumer and marketplace confidence and quality assurances around
biochar by creating a standardized, recognized system to certify biochar
that meets the IBI Biochar Standards.
The biochar community recognizes IBI as a credible brand. Buyers are
assured that biochar with the IBI Certified™ biochar seal meets the IBI
Biochar Standards for material characteristics and passes screening
tests for certain potential toxicants.
According to a report that USDA released in 2016, biobased products
contributed $393 billion to the U.S. economy.
Biochar used as a soil conditioner has the potential to:
Capture excess nitrogen and toxins – protecting waterways and
In making biochar via gasification, create an alternative energy
source for generating heat and power, and valuable by-products of
syngas and bio-fuels, thereby reducing CO2 emissions;
Divert waste wood from local landfills and fees associated with its
Reduce the need for (and use of) fossil-fuels and conventional
Turn biomass and biowaste into value-added products while creating
Safely sequester CO2 for thousands of years, which slows
For more information about IBI, https://biochar-international.org
For more information on the USDA program, https://www.biopreferred.gov
About Aries Clean Energy
Aries Clean Energy, LLC, based in Franklin, Tennessee, designs and
builds innovative downdraft and fluidized bed gasification systems using
its eight patents granted to date. Its projects provide for the
sustainable disposal of waste, reduction of carbon emissions, and the
production of clean thermal and electrical energy. For more information,
please visit our website: www.ariescleanenergy.com
USDA BioPreferred® Program
International Biochar Institute
Liamgzhu Qiu, Communications