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Cool Planet launches biochar soil amendment

Cool Planet Energy Systems, a developer of small-scale biorefineries, has launched its biochar soil amendment product – Cool Terra – for commercial agricultural trials.

The company has assembled a biochar research team to develop and produce high-performance biochar soil amendments designed for specific applications.

Cool Planet says it plans to continue expanding application opportunities with selected partners in the agricultural community leading to commercial product release in 2014.

Cool Planet has shown yield improvements averaging 60% and input reductions of 40%, combined with accelerated growth rates, in commercial field trials in California, enabling cost-effective farming in regions with structured drought such as California and Arizona.

'We are in commercial trials with our proprietary Cool Terra biochar soil amendment, and with this launch we plan to add new partners that will lead to large-scale commercialisation,' says Rick Wilson of Cool Planet.