The UK Biochar Research Centre (UKBRC) houses a set of continuous slow pyrolysis facilities dedicated to biochar research, with production at scales of milligrammes to around 20kg per hour, under controlled temperature and residence time conditions.
The UKBRC is researching the effects of feedstock and production conditions on the yield and properties of biochar, as well as liquid and gaseous co-products.
This set of continuous pyrolysis units is accompanied by a suite of analytical facilities (eg TGA/DSC-MS, MS) for characterising feedstock and products. The UK Biochar Research Centre has also developed the capacity for the functional characterisation of biochar (related to soil functions) and developed a novel characterisation toolkit that allows relatively rapid screening of biochar for five key soil functions. The facilities are regularly used by a network of industrial partners.