Origin BioChar the Sustainable Bio-Economy Product


We only use sustainably grown timber as our raw material to produce our biochar. Sustainability begins at the start of our process by ensuring that the materials we use comes from certified suppliers and sourced as local as possible. We use hardwoods as this produces the highest quality FeedChar product for animals due to the material’s nanopore structure. By using locally sourced material this supports the local rural economy and ensures that travel miles are minimised meaning less carbon into the atmosphere. Our biochar is therefore also subject to the strict guidelines of the HACCP and we approved by the Department of Agriculture as an Animal Feed Supplier (Feed Business Registration No. GBNI/4703).


Emissions and production capacity posed barriers in early trials to how the process could be commercialised and material produced on a continuous basis as opposed to a batch kiln fired system. Following research into may technologies manufactured we procured a Biomacon Decarbo Energy system as this system produces emissions far below conventional biomass boiler technology (at chimney stack height) but is also robust and has good controls with remote access providing us to monitor the production process and the renewable heat going to our facilities.


When organic matter (e.g. timber) is combusted, all the carbon it contains is released again in the form of CO2. When charring, however, around 50% of the original carbon is stabilised in our process as charcoal with the other 50% can be captured as thermal energy (heat) in this process that we use at our site for heating, just like a conventional biomass heating system. This process, therefore, provides us with FeedChar and thermal energy that we can use at our site for heating and manufacturing. As the FeedChar is fed to animals it can be assumed that the carbon will be passed through the animal naturally and incorporated into the soil either directly or spread as stored manure or slurry in a farming scenario at which point it becomes a permanent carbon addition and capture therefore a “CO2-negative” heating process. 


We operate a 4-stage process involving: –

  • Quality control of the raw material
  • Control of the charring process
  • Regular control of the biochar
  • External verification of the products


This process feeds into our QMS with all necessary information captured to ensure our products are produced safely and to the highest possible standards.


Our journey to develop and refine our products is one based on continuous learning. As a company we understand the value of research and development and its role in product development. We actively look for research partnerships and currently have an ongoing R & D programme with Agri Food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI) to investigate different feedstocks, regulatory requirements and their application. We also work with customers and other partners to undertake our own in-house research.