The Finnish startup Carbo Culture has recently opened a new biochar plant on the outskirts of Helsinki, Finland. This carbon removal plant is projected to become one of Europe’s largest, with the ability to eliminate 3,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually from the air.
Biochar, a type of charcoal produced through the thermal decomposition of biomass, has gained significant attention in recent years for its potential to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
With the growing urgency to address climate change and achieve net-zero targets, the demand for biochar has soared, particularly in voluntary carbon markets, which allow individuals and companies to buy carbon credits that effectively eliminate carbon dioxide from the air.
By harnessing the power of biochar, Carbo Culture is contributing to global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainable land management practices.
The company received a €2.2 million grant from the European Innovation Council to fund the new plant. The plant’s objective is to showcase the industrial capability of Carbo Culture’s technology prior to the construction of larger commercial facilities.
The new plant, named R3, will utilize dust pellets that are leftover from nearby wood manufacturers as its feedstock. The leftover materials will only need to travel a short distance of 10 kilometers to reach the plant, ensuring that the emissions associated with the production process are kept as low as possible.
With the launch of this new biochar plant, Carbo Culture aims to contribute to combating climate change by sequestering carbon, improving soil quality, and providing renewable energy solutions in Finland.
Along with these environmental benefits, the company plans to offer biochar plants that can be installed at client locations.
Another highlight in their future roadmap is selling carbon offset credits generated from the commercial facilities, providing an additional incentive for businesses to invest in sustainable practices.