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Argo Living Soils Collaboration with UBC

Argo Living Soils collaborates with UBC to delve into the capabilities of Char+ BioChar in concrete formulations.
Key Takeaways
  • Argo Living Soils Corp. is collaborating with the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Applied Science, Civil Engineering Department, for concrete applications of Char+ BioChar.
  • Argo is sponsoring a UBC student team to participate in the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race with a unique twist: integrating CHAR+ BioChar into the concrete formulation.
  • The event provides both a platform for students to apply their technical skills and an opportunity for Argo to obtain valuable data on biochar’s potential in concrete applications.
  • Canadian AgriChar Inc., Argo’s licensing partner, has already worked on its proprietary methodology with institutions like Simon Fraser University and the National Research Council of Canada.
  • Ken Bowman, Argo’s Chief Agricultural Operating Officer, sees this collaboration as an avenue for Char+ BioChar’s application beyond agriculture.

Argo Living Soils Corp. (OTC: ARLSF), a pioneering company in the organic product domain, has embarked on a unique venture in partnership with the University of British Columbia’s Civil Engineering Department. This collaboration aims to explore the potential of Char+ BioChar, a proprietary biochar product, in various concrete applications.

Biochar, a form of carbon-rich charcoal, is traditionally used as a soil amendment to improve soil health and fertility. However, its potential utility in concrete formulations has caught the attention of industry specialists and academic researchers alike.

In a fun twist to this research endeavor, Argo is sponsoring a team of UBC students to participate in the famed Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race. This Canadian engineering student competition, celebrated for its rich history, offers a platform for budding engineers to put their theoretical knowledge into practice. This year’s challenge for the UBC team is to integrate CHAR+ BioChar into their toboggan’s concrete design.

Such experimental ventures not only allow students to hone their practical skills but also provide industry players like Argo with precious insights. The company is keen to gather data on the structural and functional attributes of biochar-infused concrete, which might pave the way for future innovations in the construction sector.

Argo’s commitment to research and development is also reflected in its association with Canadian AgriChar Inc., the exclusive licensor of the Char+ BioChar product to Argo. Canadian AgriChar’s innovative approach has previously been honed through collaborations with prestigious institutions such as Simon Fraser University’s Mechatronics Engineering Department, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, and the National Research Council of Canada.

Ken Bowman, Argo’s Chief Agricultural Operating Officer, expressed his enthusiasm for this collaboration: “By introducing the Char+ BioChar product to these bright minds at UBC, we’re hopeful about discovering new applications for biochar, extending its reach beyond the traditional agricultural market.”

About Argo Living Soils Corp.

Argo Living Soils Corp. is renowned for its commitment to producing top-tier organic products tailored for high-value crops. Established in 2018, the company takes pride in its repertoire, including biofertilizers, living soils, and vermicompost. They aim to craft a reputable brand synonymous with organic and environmentally conscious products. Based initially on Galiano Island, Argo’s expanded production facility now thrives in Duncan, British Columbia, thanks to a fruitful Joint Venture with Pacific Composting Co.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash 

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