Carbon-rich and other beneficial nutrients
EcoChar is a valuable end-product of the gasification process. A carbon-rich product obtained when biomass (manure) is heated in a closed container, in either an oxygen-starved or oxygen free environment. EcoChar consists of high P and K (Mg or Ca) values, can hold more than its own weight of water and therefore attracts and has a carbon-negative process Co2:C ratio = 3:1. Because of these characteristics EcoChar will greatly improve soil fertility, lowers the amount of nutrients or fertilizer needed and reduce your carbon footprint.
What is Ecochar?
To better understand what EcoChar is, you can compare it with biochar. Biochar is retained in the soil over thousands of years and enriches the soil. The “black earth”, or Terra Preta, of the Amazon Rain Forest is noted worldwide as being one of the most fertile soils, because of the biochar material in it. This biochar is generated out of wood and consist of only a few nutrients compared to EcoChar.
If a biomass material such as manure, litter or biosolids is used in our gasifier, the EcoChar output has superior nutrient-retention properties and is even more valuable for improving stability in soil than biochar. EcoChar is in fact the premium version of biochar. It can increase the crop yields, boost the agriculture and even optimize the fertility of your own backyard. In addition it also has a variety of other uses such as water filtration medium.
EcoChar: 5 unique properties
Composition of EcoChar
Biomass materials contain carbon in two forms - fixed carbon and volatile matter. The carbon in the volatile matter is reacted in the gasification process, while the fixed carbon is left behind in the output of the system.
Manure will contain anywhere from 15 to 30% mineral ash and 6 to 18% fixed carbon. This produces an EcoChar with a carbon content around 20 to 25%, but containing an array of beneficial nutrients -P (Phosphorus), K (Potassium), Ca (Calcium) and Mg (Magnesium).
Due to the high temperatures and retention time, EcoChar from manure or chicken litter is guaranteed free from pathogens, E-coli, growth hormones and residues from medications. All of these elements are burnt inside the gasifier.
EcoChar can be vastly different depending on the way it is produced and the materials from which it was created. In the following table the typical composition EcoChar products:
|Fuel||BTU/kg||Fixed C. % (dry)||Moisture||Ash % (dry)||P % in ash||K % in ash||Ca % in ash||Mg % in ash|
|Egg Layer Manure||2110||8.76||19.38||36.43||13.18||8.30||57.73||4.13|
Examples of EcoChar
It is possible to gasify a wide variety of fuels. Most feasible fuels have a high output of syngas combined with a high quality output of EcoChar. Based on the characteristics of the fuel being gasified, EcoChar is available in variable qualities and quantities.
Examples of fuels (manure) to gasify:
- Cow manure
- Pig manure
- Turkey litter
- Poultry litter
- Layer manure
- Wet distillery grain
January - March 2020
Gasification: a new way of solving manure issues
Mavitec Environmental presents an innovative gasification system that converts various kinds of manure into green energy and high value EcoChar, a powerful soil improver.
November - December 2018
Reduce CO2 and save the planet
Animal manure has become a modern pollution problem, worldwide. Where to dispose the tons of manure produced per day and how to reduce production of CO2? Gasification is the answer, EcoChar is the result!
Buy or try Ecochar
Economic value EcoChar:
• Increases plant growth and improves performance over time
• Guarantees less ‘soak-away’ from high-quality nutrients
• Lowers the amount of fertilizers and nutrients needed
Interested in buying or trying EcoChar?
Please contact our Sales Department for commercial information or ask for a sample.
A valuable by-product of the gasification process. This powerful soil improver still contains the mineral ash and fixed carbon and offers great environmental advantages and economic value.