Sonoma Biochar Initiative hosted the 2012 US Biochar Conference
For more on their work visit the SonomaBiocharInitiative.org website.
- Co-founder Weko GesmbH, Austria: mechanical engineering, industrial production tool and systems design;
- Founder IDEPA Inc. USA: industrial product development and patent services;
- Inventor, Developer LAURINengine: biomass particle fueled combustion engine with biochar generation
I have played with wood fire from early on, when I learned the trade of stove fitter in Austria. I also studied mechanical engineering with focus on combustion technologies. After two start-ups in Austria I came to the USA and continued as industrial product design and development consultant and also as patent engineer. I took the bar exam and served as a US Patent Agent a variety of clients including IBM Almaden Research Center and Stanford University. With my current company IDEPA Inc. I provide integrated services for product development strategy, design, engineering and intellectual property to small companies and start-ups.
Years after starting thinking about an engine capable of “digesting” particulate biomass directly as fuel, I have refined and I am currently completing the LAURINengine for practical testing.