EUROCHAR (FP7) - Development of Technologies for Long-Term Carbon Sequestration

Biochar for Carbon Sequestration and Large-Scale Removal of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) from the Atmosphere

This project concerns a comprehensive life cycle assessment of Biochar production, application, analysis, knowledge dissemination and project management. Eurochar will investigate carbon sequestration potentials that can be achieved by transforming plant biomass into charcoal (Biochar) and added to agricultural soils.

Biochar production will be demonstrated using thermochemical (TC) or hydrothermal carbonization processes (HTC) that can produce energy and store 15 to 20% of the Carbon originally contained in the biomass. Detailed ISO-accredited whole Life Cycle Assessment will be carried out according to the International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Handbook on LCA, for both TC and HTC production systems to evaluate the net Carbon sequestration capacity associated to Biochar production. Eurochar is running in 7 countries.

The science work plan is broken down into nine overarching work packages (WPs):

WP1: Demonstration of Industrial Biochar Production

WP2: Monitoring of performance of Biochar production

WP3: Life Cycle Analysis of Biochar Production and large-scale application for C sequestration

WP4: Chemical and physical properties of Biochar

WP5: Short & Long term stability of Biochar

WP6: Biochar stability in Field Applications

WP7: Scenario analysis

WP8: Dissemination and interaction with stakeholders

WP9: Project management

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