The plant has at least 4 immediate value-adding benefits for potential customers - but overall, community benefits:
1. Pyrolysis gas for energy – electricity and/or heat - with a high calorific value (18-21). To compare, this method produce approx. 50% more gas than a conventional biogas plant.
2. Waste management / disposal of residual products from production - handles virtually all hydrocarbon-containing material.
The residual product is a useful coal product - biochar with at least two value creators:
3. The process is CO2 negative, as the carbon content of the biochar contains more than 20% of the CO2 that otherwise would be released e.g. by incineration or digestion. Used as fertilizer, the CO2 will be bound for more than 2,000 years.
4. The biochar contains most of the biomass's original fertilizers that are fully absorbable to plants - mainly the phosphorus. Phosphorus is already on the global agenda as a future shortcoming. E.g. by burning, almost all the phosphorus content is lost in relation to plant uptake.