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Standard Biocarbon Corporation - Maine Biochar, Plant Phase 1

Quantity
15 000
Pre-CORCs
Average Price
130 €
Per CORC
Production Timeline
Q3 2022-Q2 2027

About the project

Standard Biocarbon Corporation (SBC) has purchased advanced carbonization machines with a capacity to produce ~1400t/yr of high carbon biochar, expected to generate ~3000 CORCs/yr. The machines are in production and scheduled for delivery in Q2, 2022 at our Maine, US site, a sawmill producing structural timber from spruce and fir. Full commercial production is expected in Q3, 2022. This is Phase 1 of a buildout plan with the next phase being a doubling of this site to ~6,000 CORC/yr capacity then adding two additional (already identified) sites with 6-10,000 CORC/yr capacity each. We are currently under LOI with the owners of eight sawmills and there are many others with the same attributes - appropriate feedstocks, off-taker for energy and proximate to anticipated biochar end use locations. The biochar machines will supply thermal energy to our sawmill host at a lower cost and with lower emissions than their existing or alternative boiler systems, becoming critical infrastructure for the mill, and assuring their continuous operation.  Our technology provider has over a decade of experience manufacturing advanced, proven reliable biochar machines with many operating in the field globally. The machines will be EBC Certified and production metrics and biochar quality are highly likely to be achieved as expected.

SBC is seeking to engage with buyers for 3-5 year packages of fixed quarterly deliveries of CORCs (from this and future plants) for a single fixed advance payment. This structure enables the CORC buyer to directly catalyze the expansion of supply on an ex-ante basis.

Feedstock will be clean forest products industry residuals in the form of wood chips and sawdust which would otherwise be burned or made into paper, generally from forest products certified by FSC, SFI, or PEFC. Expanding demand for structural lumber has increased supply of this feedstock while demand from paper mills and power plants, the traditional users, is falling. This creates an additional alignment of interest with the mill operator who value both the energy biochar production provides and the demand for these excess residuals. 

This plant will supply biochar for the local bagged and bulk soils industry, landscapers and tree services, state and municipal agencies and contractors doing environmental remediation, stormwater management and urban tree planting and grant funded research projects. Soil and water pollution from “forever chemicals” PFAS and heavy metals are prevalent in the region and large scale remediation projects will be going on for decades. We are in active dialogue with potential users in these sectors and have indications of interest for a multiple of our production from Phase 1. 

Key Project Data

  • Type of project info
    New facility or site
  • Carbon removal methodology info
    Biochar
  • Durability of carbon removal in years (number) info
    1000
  • Co-benefits info
    • Excess heat utilized onsite, offsetting dirtier, less efficient combustion of other biomass
    • Support forest stewardship and Maine’s forestry industry
    • Revitalize rural communities
    • Soil improvement
    • Contaminant remediation
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) info
  • Production facility country info
    USA
  • Site visits are possible info
    Yes
  • Certifications or assessments info
    Independent LCA meeting requirements of buyer will be performed when production starts in Q2 2022.
  • Planned start date of construction info
    01/06/2022
  • Planned start date of production info
    01/09/2022
  • Annual carbon removal capacity in tCO2e (number) info
    4500
  • Additionality info
    Examples of usage:
    • Soil improvement
    • Soil and water contaminant remediation
    Explanation of avoided emissions:
    Standard Biocarbon will be utilizing low value feedstock from local wood processors that would otherwise decompose or be burned. Through pyrolysis, the CO2 captured in the wood through photosynthesis will be sequestered for a long period of time, rather than reemitted into the carbon cycle.

    Economic acceleration impact

    Revenue from CORCs will enable faster scaling of Standard Biocarbon's plan by providing difficult to raise equity capital for expansion. Standard Biocarbon’s goal is to commission similar plants to the Phase 1 facility at desirable locations across North America; scaling a sustainable channel to remove significant amounts of carbon. 

  • Implementation of this project is subject to receiving funding (equity or debt) info
    Yes
  • Implementation of this project is subject to permits (building, environmental, etc.) info
    No
  • Implementation of this project is subject to reaching minimum pre-CORC commitments info
    Yes
  • The above conditions are expected to be fulfilled on this date
    31/03/2022

About the supplier

Standard Biocarbon Corporation

Standard Biocarbon Corporation (SBC) is a Maine, US based clean-tech startup producing biochar at industrial scale to supply demand in agriculture, remediation and materials and to generate carbon removal credits. SBC uses Pyreg biochar technology and clean, certified wood products and industry by-products as feedstock.
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