Carbonfuture Partners With Bioenergie For 17,500 Tonnes Of Carbon Removal
Switzerland’s Bioenergie is joining forces with Carbonfuture (the carbon removal platform) for a 17,500 tonne carbon removal delivery. Bioenergie Frauenfeld is the largest SynCraft (pyrolysis) plant configuration globally (to our knowledge) and the joint project of Energie 360° AG and Schweizer Zucker AG.
The plant will take residual biomass in the form of wood and convert it into biochar through pyrolysis. Over a 3-year period, the configuration is producing 17,500t of carbon removals, which is among the world’s biggest agreements ever made in the quickly growing CDR (Carbon Dioxide Removal) space. For visualization, this volume is the rough equivalent of the yearly emissions of 1,250 US citizens (14t of co2 per year). Or of 3,500 french citizens (5t of co2, according to Global Carbon Project data).
The CDR credits produced at Frauenfeld are going to be tracked granularly through the Carbonfuture platform. The amount of Syncraft plants working in coordination at Bioenergie Frauenfeld is a new template of the scale at which pyrolysis facilities can work under the right circumstances, and even bigger configurations are now closer to reality.
This particular carbon removal delivery marks another milestone agreement for Carbonfuture. In the past year, the company has also signed notable agreements with Microsoft and the payment-solution company Klarna. Earlier in 2022, Carbonfuture raised $2.8 million in funding for expansion into the US.
Biochar, which is being produced by the Syncraft pyrolysis plants alongside the carbon removal credits, is a material which has long been utilized in agriculture, and is slowly gaining further recognition. It’s one of the most talked about technologies with carbon removal potential, and often gets mentioned together with “Enhanced Weathering” and “Direct Air Capture” (DAC).
In other carbon removal news: The DAC/Enhanced Weathering company Heirloom has raised a $50m Series A, and DAC pioneer Climeworks has raised a $650m financing to grow faster, XPrize announced 15 Recipients, and CleanTechnica has interviewed Adam Wolf — founder of Eion Carbon, as well as Ben Tarbell — founder of Ebb Carbon. All while the IPCC6 has called “Carbon Removal” un-avoidable, which seems to indicate the news on this topic is going to intensify.
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