Carbon Capture and Use
Our Mission is to reduce the CO2 footprint of buildings and materials
Biochar is a holistic solution to combat climate change. It offers a simple, inexpensive way to bind CO2 permanently and use it as a valuable resource in industry.
Why to burn biomass? In the pyrolysis process much of the carbon is converted into a long-lasting version of its former self. The biomass is modified by a simple thermal process to isolate the carbon contained in the plant (or biogenic waste) fibers. This creates a valuable raw material and the CO2 is not released unused into the atmosphere. It can be embedded in other long-lived products, such as buildings.
The result is a porous material with a high surface area and strength, whose morphology, composition and physical behaviour depend on the type of input material, the pyrolysis process and the post-treatment. In addition to an improved CO2 footprint, improved material properties are evident in the insulation and hydration of concrete and mortar. Materials that are currently extracted in a resource-intensive way can be substituted in this way.
We reduce the carbon footprint of building materials by turning them into long-term carbon storages, incorporating waste-based biochar into their composition.
Our solution gives building owners, architects and civil engineers the opportunity to use building materials tailored to their needs, which have a better CO2 balance at almost the same cost.
IMPROVED CO2 BALANCE
According to the metastudy of the DBFZ in Germany (data basis 2015).
Are bound in 1 t carbonized biomass
Today, the demand for building material is constantly increasing but the natural resources are nearly depleted. We are observing rising carbon emission prices and an increased attention on the part of politicians. The concrete production alone is responsible for 15% of the worldwide CO2 output while, at the same time, concrete is the second most used material on Earth after water.
Biochar is one of the six methods mentioned in the IPCC to permanently remove carbon from its cycle. We think it is one of the best methods to do this as efficiently as possible and without environmental risk.
Today, biochar is mainly used in agriculture, but some biomass waste streams are not suitable for use as a feed additive or soil conditioner. For these we would like to open up a new field of application in the construction industry in the sense of a circular economy.