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.
Our Key Activities
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)
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
- Enviornmental and process engineer
- 5 years of experience with biochar and thermo-chemical conversion techniques
- Development and implementation of sustainability projects
- Recipient of the Tyrolean Science Fund for outstanding young scientists
- Communications and Campaigning
- Advocacy for climate protection
Members of the Industry Consortium
In the heart of the Alps, the experts of Alpenkohle fulfill with passion the needs of their customers. In close cooperation with science, we develop customized biochar solutions for your special application. Developing, introducing and anchoring sustainable premium barbecue charcoal in the European market was the first success story, to meet our customers demand and deliver a high-quality product. Nowadays, our biochar solutions cover the needs of agriculture, energy and other industry sectors. If you are looking for a partner with handshake quality, premium products, experts with passion, get in touch with us and fulfill your customer desires for climate positive solutions.
Based in Helsinki, Carbo Culture was founded in 2017 on the idea that biochar could be a game-changing carbon removal technique. We built on research from the University of Hawaii and developed our Carbolysis™ approach, which is optimized to scale carbon removal, generate more energy in the form of heat, and remove bio-oils from the process. The result is a biochar that is high in carbon, permanent, and versatile for many applications. With fighting climate change as our main priority, we are taking a proactive approach on developing biochar applications, like soil amendments and building materials, that guarantee the carbon remains sequestered for hundreds to thousands of years.
CARBONEX, based in Gyé-sur-Seine is a French pioneer in the cogeneration of renewable carbon and electricity and as such is a reference in sustainable wood carbonisation. We produce biochar from wood that is not used by traditional industries, supplied by sustainably managed French forests close to our production site. The use of local, traceable wood is a core value of our circular and sustainable approach. To ensure our supply chain is completely transparent we have been members of the EARTHWORM foundation since 2014. Thanks to their field monitoring and supply chain validation we can guarantee sustainable biochar production. With our world leading technology, standardised and controlled production process we are able to guarantee a very consistent, high quality product.
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.
Carbon Standards International develops standards, strategies and system solutions for climate-neutral agriculture and industry. With our standards and guidelines, we and our partners audit and certify your valuable climate performance. You can use our tools to analyse and improve your own carbon cycles. Our climate certificates enable you to obtain financial recognition for your climate services from third parties. Our European Biochar Certificate (EBC) guidelines cover scientifically recognised methods for the production, processing and use of biochar in agriculture, forestry and industry and their upstream and downstream sectors. We are seeing a steady expansion of the areas in which biochar and biochar-based products are used. The EBC guidelines enable production, processing and use to meet the most up-to-date scientific standards.
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.
Beton und Asphalt als Klimakiller? War gestern! Wir machen Beton und Asphalt fürs Klima! Kohlenstoffsenke und verbesserte Funktionalität des Baustoffes – eine perfekte Symbiose! Basis unserer Technologie ist ein neues, von uns entwickeltes Additiv, das Clim@Add. Es besteht zu 96% aus technischem Kohlenstoff, welcher ein Produkt eines klimapositiven Energiesystems ist. Unter Einsatz dieses Materials gelingt es uns bereits, bei der Substituierung von 15% Zement durch 15% Clim@Add®CC einen klimapositiven Beton herzustellen. Mit 2% Clim@Add®AC erreichen wir einen klimapositiven Asphalt, der ebenfalls keinerlei Nachteile gegenüber herkömmlich hergestelltem Asphalt aufweist. Unsere Technologie hat das Zeug dazu, die meistverwendeten Baustoffe der Welt von Klimakillern zu Klimarettern zu wandeln. Die Anwendungsmöglichkeiten des Clim@Add® sind vielfältig und werden in sehr vielen Baustoffanwendungen realisierbar sein.
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.
EGoS produces PremiumPlus BIO quality biochar, approved for organic farming. It is ground into 3 different granulations and enriched with EM-a, effective microorganisms. Biochar is an all-rounder in agriculture, as feed additive as well as in the garden and in compost. Premium rock meals such as bentonite, diabase rock meal, diatomaceous earth, humic acid beads and zeolite for feed purposes, biogas, poultry farming and garden/compost are part of our production and delivery program.
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.
NAWARO ENERGIE Betrieb GmbH, based in Zwettl, is one of the largest producers of green electricity in Lower Austria. Every year about 30.000 households are being supplied with electricity from biomass power plants at the three sites in Altweitra, Rastenfeld and Göpfritz. NAWARO and its team are dedicated to three core values: reliability, sustainability and regionality. With this in mind, there is a focus on improving the Austrian renewable energy system via investments in new research and building projects.
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).
PyroCore is an innovative Belgian - UK player, who supports its clients in a sustainable - CSR approach by offering an evolutive solution transforming different waste streams into recoverable products and energy with the purpose to obtain a low-carbon and circular economy. The core of the solution, the Phoenix™, creates environmentally responsible and sustainable value chains through for example the generation of biochar from biomass and the recovery of energy that is generated in the process. However, you plan to use this energy, the Phoenix™ offers financial savings substituting fossil fuel consumption, and a sustained revenue from the sale of the biochar.
Rouge H2 Engineering (RGH2) provides solutions and platforms to produce renewable hydrogen from biomass and utilize the by-product biochar for additional carbon removal. We believe that in the race to zero emission, an independent, resilient, renewable, all-weather, carbon negative hydrogen source should be the top priority to be utilized in climate-neutral carbon-neutral smart cities. RGH2’s innovative on-site on-demand hydrogen generation system, integrated with a biomass gasification system, enables the supply of affordable renewable hydrogen and high quality biochar to be produced locally. RGH2 is delighted to be a member of EBI, and would like to work with EBI members to support the development of biochar applications and to help countries and cities win the race against the climate emergency!
Sonnenerde GmbH was one of the first European companies to produce biochar from organic wastes. Since the year 2012, a production plant from Pyreg was under continuous operation in Eastern Austria. This project was awarded with the national Climate Mitigation Award from the Austrian Ministry for Environment. Based on this experience of the last 10 years, Sonnenerde developed an improved biochar production plant together with the partners NGE (www.nge.at) and Jumbo (www.jumbo-group.de), which will be installed in the year 2022/23 and will produce around 2.000 tonnes of biochar per year. The new plant will allow a very economical usage of excess heat in a sewage sludge dryer, which will act as well as off-gas cleaning system for the pyrolysis process.
Stiesdal develops high-impact solutions to climate change. The company addresses renewable energy supply, energy security, sector-wide implementation, and atmospheric clean-up. Stiesdal operates four subsidiaries, each with a focus on their own green technology: Stiesdal Offshore has developed the modular floating offshore wind turbine foundation Tetra. Stiesdal Storage has developed the energy storage solution GridScale, which can store electricity in the form of heat in crushed stone. Stiesdal Hydrogen has developed the hydrogen technology HydroGen, which is a new type of low-cost electrolysis system. Stiesdal SkyClean has developed the pyrolysis based SkyClean technology for green fuel production and biochar CO2 capture and storage.
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.
bio.inspecta / q.inspecta is the independent inspection and certification service provider for EBC. We support biochar operators to develop sustainably and strengthen their market position.
BISON FOREST lives for reforestation, forest restoration and climate sink economy. We provide independent and cross-regional services and solution modules to mitigate climate change consequences by advanced value chains.
Carbo-FORCE offers innovative plant technology for the production of biochar and energy. The Carbo-CAP-TEC process converts a wide range of organic residues into valuable materials in a thermal-chemical process using patented technology.
CARBOGANIC customizes biocarbon fibers and fillers to enhance thermoplastic and thermoset applications. Additionally, our biocarbon additives contribute to the decarbonization of manufacturing processes by creating a carbon sink.
Die Carbon Collectors schaffen regionale Kohlenstoffsenken unter dem Motto "Kohle Versenken" und verfolgen das Ziel, den Einsatz und das Potential von Pflanzenkohle einer breiten Öffentlichkeit durch medienwirksame Wissenschaftskommunikation zugänglich zu machen.
We build, own & operate biomass carbonisation units. Our business model offers reduced energy costs & carbon footprint. We develop projects and innovative products to ensure its positive impact on soil health, animal nutrition & biogas production.
As a system manufacturer, we offer our customers the technology to actively extract CO2 from the atmosphere. In doing so, they produce biochar and regenerative, green energy.
ecoLocked is dedicated to the development of biocarbon-based formulations for climate- and environmentally friendly building materials. We want to make CO2-negative building materials marketable and affordable.
EcoTopic is the consultancy with passion for biochar. We are navigating producers, users and policymakers through the complexity of biochar and developing new innovative pathways to make the biochar industry grow.
Das Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE in Freiburg ist das größte Solarforschungsinstitut Europas. Rund 1400 Mitarbeitende arbeiten täglich an einer nachhaltigen Transformation des Energiesystems.
NSR AB is public waste management company founded in 1982 and is owned by the six northwest Skåne municipalities of Bjuv, Båstad, Helsingborg, Höganäs, Åstorp and Ängelholm. We collect treat and recycle waste for our approximately 266 000 citizens.
TorrCoal firmly believes in torrefaction (mild pyrolysis from 270ºC to 350ºC): a process to produce bio-carbon from bio-residuals (forest maintenance wood, demolition wood, SRF, …). Our technology can be used to generate bio-carbon streams to replace fossil carbons for fossil free applications.
Think sustainable and local for our next generations ! Xylergy proposes turnkey plants producing clean & tar-free syngas from natural or recycled wood gasification with its patented NOTAR® technology. One reactor prevents emission of 5400 tons CO2 over one year (according to EU Directive RED II).