We are the European Biochar Industry Consortium
In September 2019 some of the leading players in the young European biochar industry formed the European Biochar Industry Consortium as a non-profit organization in order to promote and support the European biochar industry and its general, non-material and economic interests with the aim of developing the European biochar industry into an important industry sector and making a significant contribution to fight climate change.
Biochar is an exceptional material with enormous potential. Over the last few years there was huge progress in the field of biochar, both in science and in industry. Overall interest in biochar is increasing and the market is growing fast. But still, compared to its potential, biochar is highly underrepresented in the overall awareness. Therefore EBI is focussing on the following key activities:
Support/ initiate adaptation of legal regulations regarding production and usage of biochar
Provide relevant market information for members and for publications
Increase the level of awareness of biochar and its commercial and environmental benefits
Develop and establish scientifically sound standards for biochar for different applications in industry (based on EBC)
Members of the Industry Consortium
Carbonfuture provides a platform for end-to-end documentation, verification and certification of carbon sinks. We focus on carbon preserving applications of biochar adhering to the EBC-sink guidelines and we issue and trade the respective C-sink credits. We are already working with several innovative and frontrunning producers and users of certified biochar and we are constantly onboarding more of them. As a platform provider, we offer a wide range of services also beyond financing and trading C-sink credits. This includes documentation of C-sinks for companies who want to claim the credits themselves rather than selling them, e.g., in their own sustainability reporting. We are selling C-sink credits to individuals, companies and institutions guaranteeing carbon storage over 100 years minimum, and the prevention of double counting.
Carbuna AG, based in Memmingen, Germany, is a specialist and pioneer for developing and producing enhanced biochar products, as organic and sustainable fertilizer and multi-purpose solutions for farmers that naturally stores carbon in the soil and thus mitigates global warming. The products contain a perfectly adjusted combination of conditioned biochar, selected organic nutrients with amino acids and bio active micro-organisms, which support a sustainable humus enrichment. In addition to solutions for soil improvement, the product range also includes specially developed biochar products for the optimisation of biogas plants and for stable hygiene.
EUROFINS Umwelt Ost GmbH in Freiberg is an independent environmental laboratory. In addition to analyses of soil, water, air, waste and fuels, it offers product testing and product certification for wood pellets, wood ash, barbecue coal recovered fuels and biochar. It certifies the quality of these products for manufacturers by means of biochar tests. The services offered by EUROFINS Umwelt Ost include all analyses required for the European Biochar Certificate (EBC) batch certification and for the basic characterisation of biochar. In addition, numerous supplementary parameters such as calorific value, PCB and dioxins can be determined. Regular participation in round robin tests ensures the quality of the investigations.
Founded in 1989, ETIA ecotechnologies designs and provides innovative thermal technologies for food industry, biomass residues and waste. For the last 20 years, ETIA has developed Biogreen continuous pyrolysis process based on a patented and proprietary electrically heated screw conveyor (Spirajoule®). Biogreen is one of the leading pyrolysis technology to turn any biomass residue or plastic waste into valuable product, chemicals and energy, with a unique control of temperature (up to 1000°C) and residence time that guarantees a constant quality of product obtained from the treatment. Half of the 40 operational Biogreen units worldwide are dedicated to the conversion of biomass for the production of biochar, bio-oil and syngas. In October 2019, ETIA and the Norwegian based engineering company Scanship have decided to join forces to create the VOW group, representing in 2019 a combined turnover of 44 M € for 135 employees.
NovoCarbo is a leading manufacturer, marketer and refiner of biochar. NovoCarbo understands itself as a cleantech company with the mandate of CO2 sequestration and therfore invests intensively in applied research. The biochar products are primarily used by agricultural and landscaping companies for soil improvement, stable hygiene, animal feed and biodigester efficiency. Furthermore NovoCarbo develops own circular economy projects with industrial clients and refines biochar to new materials, that help reduce the carbon footprint. Next to its production site in Dörth, NovoCarbo holds an head office in Hamburg working internationally with a focus on Europe.
PYREG is a plant constructor and solution provider for waste management by means of environmentally friendly carbonisation plants. The German company, based in Dörth/Rhineland-Palatinate, is one of the market leaders in the segment of refinement or carbonisation of biomass to biochar or feed char and of sewage sludge to phosphorus fertiliser. For non refinable residues, the PYREG technology offers, in addition to hygienisation, a mass reduction of up to 90% with simultaneous generation of regenerative heat. With this future-oriented, environmentally friendly waste management, PYREG closes material cycles and solves disposal problems in a cost-efficient and CO2-reducing way (CO2 Footprint).
For 10 years, SYNCRAFT has been producing climate-positive wood power plants in Tyrol. Currently four different personalizable wood power plant models are offered. SYNCRAFT's engineering team personally takes care of the overall planning, construction and ongoing maintenance of the plant. In these so-called reverse power plants, carbon dioxide remains within the production cycle thanks to the production of biochar and, instead of further polluting our environment, is thereby used positively. The wood power plants sequester the carbon dioxide, which is already in our atmosphere, hence they are also ‚reverse’. The simultaneous provision of sustainable, renewable energy and the storage of CO2 through the sensible use of biochar is what makes SYNCRAFT's wood power plants special: They close the circle without releasing climate-damaging gases into the environment.
Xylowatt is an EPC company producing a clean syngas with the NOTAR® gasifier, from natural/recycled woodchips, following a circular economy model (NO WASTE)
Board of Directors
- 20+ years experience in high-technology management
- Multiple entrepreneur (clean tech start-ups)
- Awarded “Deutscher
Umweltpreis” in 2012
- 2012 – 2016 Chairman of the CPV Consortium
- 20+ years entrepreneurial & scientific experience in pyrolysis & gasification
- Inventors Award State of Rheinland-Pfalz 2006 & 2010
- N-TV Energy Awards 2014 Nominee
- 20+ years entrepreneurial & scientific experience in pyrolysis & gasification
- Inventor of the staged, floating-fixed bed gasification technology
- Previously head of researcharea renewable energy at MCI Innsbruck
Paal Jahre Nilsen
- 30+ years scientific experience
- 10+ years in biogas process development, biorenewables product development
- development of advanced waste management and pyrolysis systems
Head of Office
- Geographer with a Master in Humanitarian Action
- 10 years of experience with biochar and soil stabilization projects
- Development and implementation of large-scale international programs
- Development of adapted “Terra Preta” Techniques, WHH Innovation Price 2013
- Communications and Campaigning
- Advocacy for Agroecology and biochar