Biochar from Australian nutshell

155 € / CORC

Carbon Removal Information info

Status of production info : Audited
Year of first issuance : 2022
Minimum amount to negotiate info : 50

Description info

Pyrocal has been operating since 2014 with a mission to develop a scalable, continuous system to accelerate carbon dioxide removal in pursuit of net negative emissions. Pyrocal's continuous carbonization technology (CCT) utilises both pyrolysis and gasification, and with a throughput of up to 750kg feedstock per hour, can produce 1,500 tonnes of biochar per annum. Based on the nutshell feedstock that has a high carbon content of +80%, this equates to 4,468 and 4,569 tons of CO2 removed and stored for pecan and macadamia shell respectively.

In addition to agricultural residues, Pyrocal's team has optimized the system for forestry residues and biosolids, working with customers on designs that meet their specific requirements. This includes recovering the thermal energy which can be used for process heat. 

At Wellcamp in South East Queensland, Pyrocal operates a full-scale demonstration and R&D facility. The nutshell feedstock used to produce biochar at this facility is located in the surrounding regions, showcasing to customers how a Pyrocal system functions in a circular economy model. This nutshell would otherwise be used for mulch, compost, animal feed or end up in landfill or be incinerated.

Australia is a net exporter of food and we are proud to be adding value to agricultural residues and returning the benefit to the land that feeds us for generations to come.

Examples of usage info

Pyrocal’s certified organic biochar is sold under the Terix brand to:

  • Agricultural and horticultural companies
  • Landscape and gardening supplies
  • Local Government for use in amenity horticulture

Co-benefits info

The co-benefits specific to Pyrocal's biochar production and application include:

  • Creates renewable energy
  • Reduces landfill
  • Reduces emissions from waste biomass disposal
  • Increases soil water holding capacity
  • Boosts soil health and diversity
  • Increases plant yields
  • Reduces N2O emissions and nitrogen leaching from soils


Economic acceleration impact info

The revenue from carbon credits forms an important part of the business case for the sale of Pyrocal's CCT systems to customers worldwide. Further, the revenue that Pyrocal derives from CORC sales is reinvested to fund ongoing R&D including trialling new feedstocks.

Audit Information

Compliance to methodology requirements is done by an independent assessor. Their auditor visits the production facility, validates the accuracy of data, including the carbon net-negativity evidence presented in a Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) or Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) report, and issues an audit statement.
Facility ID info : 643002406801000435

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Contact: Emma Greenhatch
Email address:
Location: Australia
You can buy minimum 50 and maximum 500.
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