Combined resource utilization of ash from biomass power generation and wheat straw biochar for soil remediation

Xingxiu Huang, Genxing Pan, Lianqing Li, Xuhui Zhang, Hailong Wang, Nanthi Bolan, Bhupinder Pal Singh, Chongjian Ma, Fuwei Liang, Yanjie Chen, Huashou Li

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The lack of power resources leads to the rapid development of biomass power generation. Biomass power generation technology can not only rationally utilize biomass resources, but also alleviate energy crisis. But if this biomass ash is not handled properly, indiscriminate dumping can cause serious environmental problems such as dust, air and water pollution. The purpose of this study was to use the basic physical and chemical properties of biomass waste ash and biochar to evaluate the effects of mixed uses on soil pH、heavy metal remediation and plant growth. Plant growth was undertaken using ryegrass to examine the potential value of an ash-biochar mixture to ameliorate soil acidity and heavy metal pollution. The special fertilizer for rice was prepared by adding ammonium dihydrogen phosphate, potassium chloride, and urea to the ash and biochar. The results showed that the mixed use of ash and biochar could ameliorate soil acidification, reduce the absorption of cadmium and lead by the plants (43 % and 35 %, respectively), and promote plant growth. Determining of its total nutrients, soluble phosphorus, nitrate nitrogen, and particle size supported that it fell within the high concentration fertilizer range of the national standard for compound fertilizers. The special fertilizer can be used as high quality fertilizer to promote crop growth. In-depth research on the treatment and recycling of biomass power generation waste ash has an essential effect on reducing secondary environmental pollution and waste recycling .It can reduce random dumping, thereby reducing dust, air and water pollution. This was conducted to provide a reference for the preparation of soil amendments and to develop a better amendment and high-quality special fertilizer for rice with biomass waste ash and biochar.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105150
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Soil Ecology
Early online date7 Oct 2023
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2024

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