Gas & Biochar

Every biomass consists of organic carbon compounds, which can be separated by heating in the absence of oxygen into pure carbon and a combustible gas. This pure carbon is known as biochar

Possible ways to utilize biochar and gas.

Biochar can be utilized for a variety of purposes. It can be used to improve soil fertility, to sequester carbon dioxide or as feed additive in animal husbandry. At the same time biochar shows to be a valuable and high quality source of energy (8.0-8.7 kWh/kg). Biochar still carries around 70 % of the overall-energy of the input-biomass and 20 % are usable in the gas. Thus offering several opportunities for energetic exploitation.

If biomass is only deployed to produce heat, the vast energy potential is not used efficiently. To burn biomass directly in order to produce heat is a big waste in ecological and economical terms. Therefore, we believe that every sensible utilization of biomass, needs to consider the production of electricity. Electric energy is in market terms about 10 times more valuable than heat. To abandon the production of electricity makes many biomass-conversion methodologies inefficient.  

Data base

One Schottdorf-Meiler produces up to 2t of biochar per day. This corresponds to a continuous thermal load of 700 kW. The gas has a continuous thermal load of 300kW. Accordingly the Schottdorf-Meiler has a total power of 1 mW thermal.