What is biocoal?
Biocoal is a form of charcoal that is produced by pyrolysis at lower temperatures (around 290ºC) and is dark brown in appearance.
Biocoal differs from the starting biomass in that all moisture has been removed and it has increased energy density. In addition, the properties of bio-coal are very much like fossil coal. This allows coal users to adopt bio-coal without the need to change their process handling. Biocoal is also a carbon-neutral fuel since it is derived directly from biomass.
- Bio-waste is abundant. Most waste streams from agriculture, forestry, and urban sources are low-value materials with limited use and high disposal costs.
- We need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to combat climate change. This means we must reduce the use of fossil fuels.