-Increases water/nutrient retention due to its highly microporous carbon structure
-Improves soil fertility by providing carbon and a home for soil microbiology to thrive
-Protects against drought by holding onto water for longer and keeping soil microbes alive
-Protects against heavy metals and toxins in soil
These qualities include high porosity, little or no ash, no contaminants, little or no volatile-organic compounds and a neutral Ph. Very little of what is labeled and sold as biochar today can boast these qualities. The only way to know if the biochar being purchasing is high quality, would be to perform lab test that measure these metrics.
That’s why we started NextChar, to deliver a consistent, verified, point-of-origin, supply of biochar that you can trust. NextChar’s advanced pyrolysis technology produces a superior and consistent quality biochar, characterized by its low ash content, minimal volatile organic compounds (which will break down in the soil and reduce the effectiveness of the biochar), high porosity (holds moisture, increases adsorption, and reduces the “perk-rate” in soils), and high carbon content (meaning its very pure), setting the standard for high-performance biochar. These metrics will be guaranteed to every customer.
The NextChar Solution
NextChar will be the first industrial scale manufacturer of biochar using its proprietary pyrolysis technology. The patent-pending NextChar technology is designed specifically for the production of consistently high quality biochar and heat-energy. Most biochar produced in North America is a byproduct of older generation wood-energy boilers or by back-yard hobbyists making small batches of local use. Other sources include residuals from wood furnaces in Russia, China and Taiwan, using sawdust and residuals from the furniture and bamboo industries. With no point of origin tracking, little or no quality control or product testing, a wide range of material is making it into the marketplace. Much of the material possess little or none of the attributes of quality biochar. There a limited supply of good quality biochar, being produced on retrofitted equipment, and sold by knowledgeable brokers to discerning customers. The gap between supply and demand remains great however, and it is into this market divide NextChar is entering.