American BioCarbon BioChar Product is a Highly Effective Agricultural Supplement
The Earth to Energy project is working with the USDA to validate the uses of biochar.
White Castle, LA (November 20, 2020) – American BioCarbon, an innovative manufacturer of renewable products made from sugarcane bagasse, continues to identify new markets for its innovative products, including biochar, which can be used as an agricultural supplement, among other purposes. The company currently operates a pilot plant which is co-located with the Cora Texas Sugar Mill and will build and operate a new commercial-scale facility at the White Castle site to produce 150,000 tons per year of products by 2022.
American BioCarbon has partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to demonstrate the efficacy and value of biochar as an agricultural amendment on sugar cane growing lands. A previous USDA study indicated that application of one ton of biochar per acre increased the productive value of that cane-growing land by $2,500 over a 4-year period. Use of biochar as a soil amendment can:
- Maintain, increase, or improve soil organic matter quantity and quality
- Maintain or improve soil aggregate stability
- Maintain or improve habitat for soil organisms
- Improve plant productivity and health
- Improve moisture management and enhance the efficient use of irrigation water
- Improve air quality by reducing emissions of particulate matter (PM) and PM precursors, GHGs, ozone precursors and airborne reactive nitrogen.
American BioCarbon uses patented biomass separation technology to produce fuel pellets and biochar soil amendment from sugarcane bagasse (the waste byproduct from sugar production). American BioCarbon operates under a long-term lease with the Cora Texas Sugar Mill; integration with the Mill provides significant value to the Mill, sugar growers, and American BioCarbon. White Castle is located near several large international shipping ports, with exceptional talent and resources in the region from the agriculture, Oil & Gas, and chemical processing sectors.
American BioCarbon’s commercial facility will produce approximately 50,000 short tons per year of biochar from excess bagasse generated by the sugar mill and adjacent waste bagasse piles. The American BioCarbon business development team has identified other agricultural amendment, water purification, and odor control markets for its biochar product.