Biochar Market Size To Rise USD 633.31 Million By 2032

Published Date : 11 Jul 2023

The global biochar market size surpassed USD 220.27 million in 2022 and is projected to rise to USD 633.31 million by 2032, anticipated to grow at a strong CAGR of 11.14 percent during the projection period from 2023 to 2032.

Biochar Market Size and Growth Rate From 2023 To 2032

Market Overview:

A carbon-rich solid substance known as biochar is created by pyrolyzing biomass waste. Applying biochar to the soil can enhance its qualities of soil while enhancing the life of the soil. The addition of biochar to soil has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and absorb carbon since it is a recalcitrant carbon-rich substance. The global biochar market revolves around the research, development, production and distribution of biochar products for the agricultural sector.

Scientists and decision-makers have highlighted the potential benefits of biochar for carbon sequestration, renewable energy, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, waste reduction, and soil amendment. Rapid changes in nutrient availability, electrical conductivity, and pH must be carefully evaluated to prevent unforeseen repercussions for production. Biochar has also been proven to alter a variety of soil chemical parameters. The rising emphasis on sustainable agricultural practices along with substantial government support for improving the crop yield rate accelerates the growth of the biochar market across the globe.

Regional Snapshot:

Asia Pacific dominated the biochar market in 2022 and is expected to sustain its dominance in the predicted period. Due to its potential to combat soil erosion and climate change, nations including India, and China are investing in biochar research and development. Asia Pacific's agriculture-intensive economies have a high need for biochar as a soil supplement, particularly in areas with issues with water management and soil fertility. In addition, the region's market has grown due to rising awareness of sustainable practices and government programs that assist organic farming.

North America is another emerging marketplace for biochar application as well as production, the region is anticipated to generate significant revenue throughout the forecast period. The region prioritizes environmental awareness and sustainability, and this, together with effective farming practices, has fueled the need for biochar. Biochar has been widely used in horticulture and organic farming, particularly in the United States. The business in this area has also been helped by encouraging government efforts and financing for biochar-related research and development projects.

Report Highlights:

  • By technology, due to the high end-product output of process stability and high carbon content, pyrolysis is expected to sustain its dominance during the forecast period.
  • By feedstock, the biochar market is dominated by the agricultural waste segment. The potential of agricultural waste for soil fertility promotes its application.
  • By application, the market for worldwide biochar is dominated by the agriculture sector in terms of income. General farming is a significant section of agricultural applications that is anticipated to grow significantly and boost market demand due to increasing farmer awareness from research organizations and institutes.

Biochar Market Report Scope:

Report Coverage Details
Market Revenue in 2023 USD 244.81 Million
Projected Forecast Revenue in 2032 USD 633.31 Million
Growth Rate from 2023 to 2032 CAGR of 11.14%
Largest Market Asia Pacific
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2023 To 2032
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa

Market Dynamics:


Carbon capturing and storage offered by biochar

The application of biochar has multiple environmental benefits. The application of biochar aims to reduce nutrient loss from the soil, maintain soil health, reduce the bioavailability of contaminants and to reduce green gas emissions. Additionally, biochar is known for its ability to capture and store carbon into a stable carbon structure, which can remain in the soil for multiple years. This ability of biochar results in benefit for agricultural activities by reducing Co2 emission. Through the same process, carbon is sequestered in the soil while promoting a sustainable agricultural practice. As the focus on sustainable agricultural practices grows, the element will highlight the application of biochar; this subsequently drives the growth of the market.


Limitations and barriers in application

The biochar sector is observed to suffer from technological restrictions in remote locations. As a result, this component will jeopardize the biochar industry's expansion rate. The biochar industry has already faced a gap between the research and actual application of the product, this limits the application of the product in the agricultural sector. Additionally, it is anticipated that a lack of knowledge about the product's advantages would restrict market growth. Considering such issues with the application, the element will restrain the biochar market growth in the upcoming years.


Emphasis on soil improvement

Biochar is observed to offer adequate nutrients to the soil such as micronutrients and retaining nutrients. The biochar material is also known for promoting plant growth while supporting the sustainability of the soil. As the overall agriculture sector focuses on sustainable agricultural practices and managing soil health, the application of biochar is expected to grow substantially. The emphasis on reduced farm operation cost, resilience to climate change and requirement of increased crop yield also highlights the application of biochar in the agricultural sector. All these factors along with the rising emphasis on soil improvement are observed to open a plethora of opportunities for the market’s expansion.


High cost of biochar production

The costly process of producing biochar necessitates various high-end, pricy pyrolysis equipment. In addition, feedstock is the main component required for the production of biochar. The supply and availability of feedstock effects on the overall biochar production cycle. Additionally, since the pyrolysis gas created during the production of biochar requires an oxygen-free environment maintained at a certain temperature, it is expensive to store and transport. As a result, it is difficult for manufacturers to get into the biochar sector with limited starting capital. Thus, the cost of biochar production is observed to pose a challenge for the market’s expansion.

Recent Developments: 

  • In June 2023, Air Burners showcased the new CharBoss's strength and cost-effectiveness at a demonstration of biochar production in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Biochar is a nutrient-rich byproduct that can be sold or used to repair damaged soil. The unique, modern technology is comparable to the Air Burners BurnBoss, a FireBox that is trailer-mounted and properly and affordably disposes of wood waste, including logs, trees, and stumps. The BurnBoss, like the CharBoss, is excellent for clearing land and managing forests and wildfires.
  • In June 2023, The Next 150, an operator of the climate venture with headquarters in Switzerland, established General Biochar Systems (GBS). This integrated biochar business produces superior Carbon Dioxide Removal Credits (CDRs). In July 2023, the facility in Irapuato, Guanajuato, which opened on May 31, will begin treating farmgate residue from corn, wheat, and sorghum. The Next 150 is spending approximately $5 million on creating carbon capture plants along with its business partner Kemexon. The Guanajuato factory is the first step in its commitment to waste valorization and climate technology in Mexico.
  • In December 2022, A cooperative initiative was started by the agricultural technology division of LG Chem, Farm Hannong, to increase the use of biochar, a solid carbon-capturing substance derived from biomass, mostly utilizing manure from animal farms. The business will show how biochar works for crops, including cannabis, rice, garlic, and hot peppers.

Key Market Players:

  • Airex Energy Inc.
  • Biochar Supreme
  • Farm2Energy Pvt Ltd
  • Pacific Biochar Corporation
  • ProActive Agriculture
  • Phoenix Energy

Market Segmentation:

By Technology

  • Pyrolysis
  • Gasification
  • Others 

By Feedstock

  • Woody Biomass
  • Agricultural Waste
  • Animal Manure
  • Others 

By Application

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • Electricity Generation 
  • Others

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