Dr Stephen Joseph holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Metallurgical Engineering, a doctorate in Architecture and Applied Anthropology and is completing a doctorate in chemistry. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy and has been a senior adviser to both commercial, government and non government organisations, in renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture and forestry. He has been the managing director of a renewable energy company for 23 years and a director of other renewable energy and biochar companies. He has been award an Order of Australia (AM) for his work in renewable energy and biochar.
He is now a visiting professor at the University of NSW, Nanjing Agricultural University, New England University, at University of Wollongong and a director of a renewable energy and engine company in the UK.
Dr Joseph has extensive experience world wide in all forms of renewable energy. He and his colleagues have developed processes and technologies that convert biomass into energy and value added products. These include including biodiesel, oil from algae, biomass combustion, pyrolysis and gasification plant, biochar, plastic wood composite, microhydro, wind and solar energy and additives for high strength concretes. He has also developed combustion devices to burn very dilute volatile gases.
He has also been involved in multi-country market research into areas related to biochar, waste recycling and renewable energy. He has written over 100 books and articles and lectured and trained other engineers and scientists throughout the world. He was the founding vice chairman of the International Biochar Initiative and co-editor with Dr Johannes Lehmann of the first major publication on biochar. He has co-authored articles that have appeared in Nature and Environmental Science and Technology peer reviewed journals