Additional information for biochar producers


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Working with Enchar

To get started you just need to complete three steps:

1. Acceptance of the Brokerage Agreement.

2. Registration as a producer on the to share information on your production facilities and biochar products.

3. Delivery of a sample of your biochar to Enchar (around 10kg).

When you sign up with Enchar, there is absolutely no risk involved. You are not exclusive to sell only through Enchar. 

To make sure that we share the most accurate and recent information with potential buyers, please keep your information up to date on the Producer Platform

Enchar finances itself through a commission on the sales of biochar. The commission applies to all successfully brokered connections (transactions and / or samples) between individual buyers and suppliers for a duration of 3 years. 

The commission applies on the price of the biochar (without transport) and sales of CO2 credits (if those are sold bundled with the biochar). The commission will be put on top of the price you are asking to receive – you will never sell below your asking price.

The commission is a combination of the brokered volume per production site and the price of the biochar per ton. The lowest commission bracket is 3% for a biochar price over CHF 800 per dry tonne and a volume bracket of over 1000 tonnes (cumulated). 

You can find further information on the commission fees in the brokerage agreement.

Enchar's Producer Platform

The Producer Platform is a browser- based tool accessed through the webpage
When you sign up as a “biochar producer”, you are directed to the producer area of the application.

You can enter two different types of information:
1. Your production facilities
2. Your biochar products

Please share the location of your production facilities, what kind of technology you use and what the excepted capacity will be as this is crucial information for potential transactions.

For biochar products, consider a different feedstock or different set of production parameters as a separate product and therefore a different biochar. Let us know at which production facilities you are producing which product and upload the relevant laboratory tests.

Please make sure to enter the specifications and price information by dry weight to ensure comparability within our database.

Please either convert the units on your own, or leave a comment so we can do this for you.

Yes, it’s still helpful for us to know which production capacities will become available in the future as some buyers want to secure future supply covering the next months or years.

Please enter what you know for now. Most fields are optional and you can update and complete the information as you go.

Just upload the laboratory tests for the appropriate biochar and let us know. We can help you entering the rest.

Market information

The price serves as an important indication for us. Please indicate a price at which you are willing to sell your biochar. If you do not know this upfront, please let us know. If you have an idea, please enter the price for a volume of around 200 tonnes and a potential volume discount.

Additional costs such as transport, packaging and our commission will come on top. We will consult you for individual offers in any case, but the price indication allows us to fit your product to potential buyers. If your indicated price is outside the range of a potential buyer, we will contact you to see if this is interesting for you.

Your data will be treated confidentially and in accordance with GDPR legislation. We only share anonymised data with potential buyers and give you the opportunity to accept or reject identification of your company to any potential client.

Achievable prices for biochar depend on a large range of factors including the location, availability, access to carbon certificates, carbon content and further specifications, quality control, grain size and the willingness to pay from the specific buyer/industrial application (i.e. expected revenue from using biochar).

Although the market is developing rapidly, the biochar market is still early stage and fragmented. Enchar’s focus is on large off-takes with a yearly biochar demand from hundreds to thousands of tonnes annually. In general, biochar buyers will request smaller trial volumes first before deciding for a specific biochar product, so there is not necessarily a need to already produce large volumes to secure a future deal. 

For large industrial off-takes, biochar prices normally range between 500 € and 900 € per dry tonne (including CO2-certificates). In the metallurgy industry, high-quality biochar (very high carbon content, low ash content, small grain size), prices range from 500 to 1200 € per dry tonne.

For animal feed and urban trees, prices above 1000 € per dry tonne (incl. CO2-certificate) are possible. However, these will be more specific to fulfill (e.g. availability of EBC-certificates, physical proximity) and are typically much smaller volumes than other industries.

Biochar can be applied across various industries, but the most developed markets for biochar are currently:

  • Horticulture & landscaping
  • Metallurgy
  • Construction & insulation materials
  • Soils
  • Animal feed & manure management
  • Urban trees
  • Water treatment