Pilot Biochar Project: Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)
Max Burgers, Sweden’s favourite hamburger restaurant chain, is currently participating in a pilot biochar project enabled by our partner Skånefrö, a Swedish producer and supplier of EBC-certified premium biochar.
Max Burgers is a pioneer in climate friendly disposal of food waste because they know the unpleasant facts: When wasting food, we are also wasting the carbon which is absorbed through photosynthesis by the plants as natural origin of our food.
That´s the reason why Max Burgers is now converting lobby waste into biochar in a pilot project. Turning waste into biochar and spreading it on farmland means that it will stay there for at least 100 years, while improving the fertility of the soil.
In this project, Skånefrö converts food waste from the Max Burgers restaurant in Ystad into biochar by pyrolysis, with a PYREG Industrial Unit. The PYREG process allows the precise control of the parameters, so that nutrients can be recycled gently. Temperatures of 500-700°C sanitize the waste and eliminate any kind of pollutants, reducing the total quantity significantly. This carbonisation process is designed to be energy efficient, so that excess heat (renewable energy) is extracted for additional purposes (drying, heating).The biochar is then quantified by Ecoera and spread on fields at Skönadals Farm in the area of Österlen. An example of circular economy at its best!
Max Burgers, the most profitable restaurant chain in Sweden, is family owned and was founded in 1968. By following the world´s independent standard for carbon neutrality – ISO 14021, Max Burgers launched the world’s first climate-positive burgers. How does Max do it? Max measures 100% of their product emissions, reduces emissions and captures at least 110% of emissions. As a result for their work with climate positive products, Max Burgers has received the “Global Climate Action Award” by the UN in 2019.
For further information please find details here.