CHAR Biocarbon

The Biocarbon Experts
The future of energy is low-carbon and CHAR Biocarbon is creating that future today. Using advanced pyrolysis technology and other innovative processes, CHAR Biocarbon is developing a suite of biocarbons, from activated charcoals that not only treat pollutants but also sequester carbon, to high efficiency biocoal that delivers cleaner power, while reducing emissions and saving money. Biocarbons are one of the two valuable outputs from the high temperature pyrolysis (HTP) process, the other being renewable gases (hydrogen and/or renewable natural gas).

CleanFyre – CHAR’s Biocoal

CleanFyre, which is a type of biocoal, allows large industrial users to switch from heavy greenhouse gas emission fossil coal to GHG-neutral biocoal. Not only does the switch have environmental benefits, but also has the ability to save users significantly in reducing GHG-emission related costs. Standard coal, when burned, produces around 3 tonnes of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide emissions. With pricing expected to reach $170/tonne of GHG CO2 in Canada in the near future, each tonne of fossil coal burned has an associated $510 of GHG CO2 cost. Biocoal, being made from woody biomass and woodwaste, is considered biogenic, and does not generate significant GHG CO2. In addition, through various collaborations with industrial partners and advanced technology centres, CleanFyre will be a “drop-in” coal replacement, requiring minimal capital investment by the industrial users to switch.

SulfaCHAR – CHAR’s Activated Charcoal

SulfaCHAR is an activated biochar designed and developed to capture noxious hydrogen sulfide (H2S). SulfaCHAR can be integrated into a first-generation biogas or renewable natural gas anaerobic digester (AD). A by-product of the AD process is a solid material called anaerobic digestate, which is similar to a compost. Using CHAR’s high temperature pyrolysis process, the anaerobic digestate is processed creating additional renewable gases for the facility, as well as an advanced activated charcoal (conceptually similar to a Brita filter) called SulfaCHAR. The SulfaCHAR is then used to capture H2S from the AD system, which is a required treatment. In addition, when anaerobic digestate is processed via high temperature pyrolysis, it reduces the carbon intensity (CI) score of the overall AD facility. In some jurisdictions, CI score is a critical factor in the sale price of their renewable natural gas, the lower the CI score, the higher the sale price of the gas.
Services & Delivery Models.

CHAR Biocarbon has two principal functions – the first is to continue to pursue R&D efforts to develop higher value biocarbons. The second is to work with CharTech Solutions clients to find appropriate end customers for biocarbon produced from the turnkey high temperature pyrolysis kiln implementations. Many HTP clients are not in the biocarbon business, but instead are utilizing HTP to minimize an organic waste issue, or looking to produce renewable gases. CHAR Biocarbon’s expertise is to ensure that the highest value is found for the produced biocarbons, and matchmake between the producers and consumers of the biocarbons.

CHAR Biocarbon Inc.
403-789 Don Mills Rd
Toronto, Ontario
M3C 1T5
Phone: 1-800-323-4937

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