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Biochar Market (By Application Segment - Gardening, Agriculture (Large Farms), and Household) - U.S. Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020

Biochar is a solid material that is obtained from the carbonization of biomass. It is added to soil to enhance soil quality and reduce emission through carbon sequestration. The use of biochar for carbon sequestration is believed to offset carbon emission from natural and industrial processes. Biochar also improves water quality by retaining the agrochemicals and soil nutrients that could have mixed with water and caused water pollution. In addition to carbon sequestration and soil amendment, sustainable biochar practices can yield products that can be used as fuel.

 

Pyrolysis is a simple and low-cost technique used to produce a wide range of products such as biochar, bio-oil, and bio-chemicals. The biochar obtained as the output of the pyrolysis process can improve soil fertility. Biochar can be obtained either using the slow or fast pyrolysis technique. The biochar industry in the U.S. is in the development phase with several research institutes and companies trying to develop biochar at low cost, which could prove economical for both buyers and sellers. The U.S. market for biochar includes companies that are involved in small and medium scale biochar manufacturing. These companies provide biochar for gardening, research, agriculture (large farms), and household purposes.

 

Manufacturers provide biochar in a pure form and engineered biochar/biochar mixes designed to meet the requirement of small scale users such as gardeners. The second set of manufacturers includes farmers and gardeners who produce biochar for their own use. These manufacturers use low cost practices to develop biochar such as stoves and burners. Various market players are developing gasification, slow pyrolysis, and fast pyrolysis systems for production of biochar. There are a large number of players in the U.S. involved in the manufacture and supply of biochar. Very few technology providers can be observed in the U.S. biochar market. Most of the companies are concentrating on producing biochar – particularly those using the slow pyrolysis systems.

 

Release of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere through rising use of fossil fuels has resulted in global warming. Fossil fuel is a carbon-positive fuel that increases the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. Moreover, carbon is continually released in the atmosphere as a result of decomposition of plants and animals. Biochar’s ability to act as a carbon sink and its capability to sequester carbon is likely to drive growth in the U.S. biochar market in the future. Furthermore, biochar is a helpful tool to achieve the goal of crop diversity and food security in areas with scarce organic resources. The potential of biochar to improve soil fertility and enhance crop productivity is also likely to act as an important driver of growth in the U.S. biochar market. Additionally, application of biochar for waste management is likely to fuel additional demand for biochar in the U.S. biochar market. 

 

Most of the biochar applications (waste water treatment, energy production) are still unexplored and thus raising the finance to carry out biochar projects is one of the major restraints to the biochar market in the U.S. The success of the U.S. biochar market largely depends on research activities directed toward establishing biochar as a prime product with proven benefits. The location of pyrolysis facilities would continue to be an important factor in the development of the biochar industry in the U.S. The location of such facilities in or near to the vicinity of feedstock producing areas or demand centers would help in reducing the cost of production for biochar. The expected introduction of energy credits on use and manufacturing of biochar would further boost the U.S. biochar market in the near future.

 

Key participants in the U.S. biochar market include Agri-Tech Producers, LLC, Biochar Supreme, LLC, Cool Planet Energy Systems, Inc., Full Circle Biochar, and The Biochar Company. The report also analyzes several other players involved in the market, including BioChar Products, CharGrow, LLC, Genesis Industries, LLC, Hawaii Biochar Products, LLC, New England Biochar, LLC, Phoenix Energy, Three Dimensional Timberlands, LLC, Tolero Energy, LLC, Vega Biofuels, Inc., and Victory Gasworks.

 

 

 

Chapter 1 Preface

1.1 Report Description

1.2 Research Scope

1.3 Market Segmentation

1.4 Research Methodology

 

Chapter 2 Executive Summary

 

Chapter 3 U.S. Biochar Market – Industry Analysis

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Value Chain Analysis

3.3 Market Dynamics

     3.3.1 Market Drivers

             3.3.1.1 Carbon sequestration property of biochar provides environmental benefits

             3.3.1.2 Improved soil fertility along with food security potential

             3.3.1.3 Application of biochar in waste management

     3.3.2 Market Restraints

             3.3.2.1 Lack of consumer awareness about benefits of biochar can restrain market growth

             3.3.2.2 Technological uncertainty hinders production capacity and scaled agricultural uses

             3.3.2.3 Financial constraints hampers investment in the market

     3.3.3 Market Opportunity

             3.3.3.1 Possibility of introduction of carbon credits on biochar usage

3.4 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

     3.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

     3.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

     3.4.3 Threat from Substitutes

     3.4.4 Threat from New Entrants

     3.4.5 Degree of Competition

3.5 U.S. Biochar Market: Manufacturers, Suppliers, and Buyers

3.6 U.S. Biochar Market: Cost Analysis of Biochar

     3.6.1 Feedstock Cost

     3.6.2 Feedstock Transportation Cost

     3.6.3 OPEX, CAPEX and Storage Cost

     3.6.4 Support Activities

     3.6.5 Biochar Sales and Marketing

 

Chapter 4 U.S. Biochar Market – Application Segment Overview

4.1 U.S. Biochar Market: Application Segment Overview

     4.1.1 U.S. Biochar Market Volume Estimates and Forecast, by Application Segment, 2013 & 2020, (Tons)

     4.1.2 U.S. Biochar Market Volume and Revenue Estimates, and Forecast, 2012 – 2020 (Tons), (USD Million)

4.2 Gardening

     4.2.1 U.S. Gardening Biochar Application Segment Market Volume and Revenue Estimates, and Forecast, 2012 – 2020 (Tons), (USD Million)

4.3 Agriculture (Large Farms)

     4.3.1 U.S. Agriculture (Large Farms) Biochar Application Segment Market Volume and Revenue Estimates, and Forecast, 2012 – 2020 (Tons), (USD Million)

4.4 Household

     4.4.1 U.S. Household Biochar Application Segment Market Volume and Revenue Estimates, and Forecast, 2012 – 2020 (Tons), (USD Million)

 

Chapter 5 Company Profiles

5.1 Biochar Producers

     5.1.1 BioChar Products

             5.1.1.1 Company Overview

             5.1.1.2 Financial Overview

             5.1.1.3 Business Strategy

             5.1.1.4 SWOT Analysis

             5.1.1.5 Recent Developments

     5.1.2 CharGrow, LLC

             5.1.2.1 Company Overview

             5.1.2.2 Business Strategy

             5.1.2.3 SWOT Analysis

             5.1.2.4 Recent Developments

     5.1.3 Cool Planet Energy Systems, Inc.

             5.1.3.1 Company Overview

             5.1.3.2 Financial Overview

             5.1.3.3 Business Strategy

             5.1.3.4 SWOT Analysis

             5.1.3.5 Recent Developments

     5.1.4 Full Circle Biochar

             5.1.4.1 Company Overview

             5.1.4.2 Financial Overview

             5.1.4.3 Business Strategy

             5.1.4.4 SWOT Analysis

             5.1.4.5 Recent Developments

     5.1.5 Genesis Industries, LLC

             5.1.5.1 Company Overview

             5.1.5.2 Financial Overview

             5.1.5.3 Business Strategy

             5.1.5.4 SWOT Analysis

             5.1.5.5 Recent Developments

     5.1.6 Hawaii Biochar Products, LLC

             5.1.6.1 Company Overview

             5.1.6.2 Financial Overview

             5.1.6.3 Business Strategy

             5.1.6.4 SWOT Analysis

             5.1.6.5 Recent Developments

     5.1.7 Three Dimensional Timberlands, LLC

             5.1.7.1 Company Overview

             5.1.7.2 Financial Overview

             5.1.7.3 Business Strategy

             5.1.7.4 SWOT Analysis

             5.1.7.5 Recent Developments

     5.1.8 Tolero Energy, LLC

             5.1.8.1 Company Overview

             5.1.8.2 Financial Overview

             5.1.8.3 Business Strategy

             5.1.8.4 SWOT Analysis

             5.1.8.5 Recent Developments

     5.1.9 Vega Biofuels, Inc.

             5.1.9.1 Company Overview

             5.1.9.2 Financial Overview

             5.1.9.3 Business Strategy

             5.1.9.4 SWOT Analysis

             5.1.9.5 Recent Developments

5.2 Biochar Suppliers

     5.2.1 Biochar Supreme, LLC

             5.2.1.1 Company Overview

             5.2.1.2 Financial Overview

             5.2.1.3 Business Strategy

             5.2.1.4 SWOT Analysis

             5.2.1.5 Recent Developments

     5.2.2 New England Biochar, LLC

             5.2.2.1 Company Overview

             5.2.2.2 Financial Overview

             5.2.2.3 Business Strategy

             5.2.2.4 SWOT Analysis

             5.2.2.5 Recent Developments

     5.2.3 Phoenix Energy

             5.2.3.1 Company Overview

             5.2.3.2 Financial Overview

             5.2.3.3 Business Strategy

             5.2.3.4 SWOT Analysis

             5.2.3.5 Recent Developments

     5.2.4 The Biochar Company

             5.2.4.1 Company Overview

             5.2.4.2 Financial Overview

             5.2.4.3 Business Strategy

             5.2.4.4 SWOT Analysis

             5.2.4.5 Recent Developments

5.3 Biochar Technology Providers

     5.3.1 Agri-Tech Producers, LLC

             5.3.1.1 Company Overview

             5.3.1.2 Financial Overview

             5.3.1.3 Business Strategy

             5.3.1.4 SWOT Analysis

             5.3.1.5 Recent Developments

     5.3.2 Victory Gasworks

             5.3.2.1 Company Overview

             5.3.2.2 Financial Overview

             5.3.2.3 Business Strategy

             5.3.2.4 SWOT Analysis

             5.3.2.5 Recent Developments

List of Figures 

 

FIG. 1 U.S. Biochar Market: Market Segmentation

FIG. 2 U.S. Biochar Market Volume and Revenue Estimates, and Forecast, 2012 – 2020 (Tons), (USD Million)

FIG. 3 U.S. Biochar Market: Comparison of Pyrolysis Techniques

FIG. 4 U.S. Biochar Market: Value Chain Analysis

FIG. 5 U.S. Biochar Market: Scale, Technology, and Capacity Throughput

FIG. 6 U.S. Biochar Market: Benefits of Biochar

FIG. 7 U.S. Biochar Market: Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

FIG. 8 U.S. Biochar Market: Technology Providers of Biochar

FIG. 9 U.S. Biochar Market: Manufacturers and Suppliers of Biochar

FIG. 10 U.S. Biochar Market: Distributors of Biochar

FIG. 11 U.S. Biochar Market: Suppliers of Biochar outside U.S.

FIG. 12 U.S. Biochar Market: Cost Analysis of Biochar

FIG. 13 U.S. Biochar Market: Low-End Biochar Production Cost For Dry Ton of Feedstock and Sales Cost for a Medium-Scale Production Plant

FIG. 14 U.S. Biochar Market: High-End Biochar Production Cost For Dry Ton of Feedstock and Sales Cost for a Medium-Scale Production Plant

FIG. 15 U.S. Biochar Market: Share of Feedstock Used (%)

FIG. 16 U.S. Biochar Market Volume Estimates and Forecast, by Application Segment, 2013 & 2020, (Tons)

FIG. 17 U.S. Biochar Market Volume and Revenue Estimates, and Forecast, 2012 – 2020 (Tons), (USD Million)

FIG. 18 U.S. Gardening Biochar Application Segment Market Volume and Revenue Estimates, and Forecast, 2012 – 2020 (Tons), (USD Million)

FIG. 19 U.S. Agriculture (Large Farms) Biochar Application Segment Market Volume and Revenue Estimates, and Forecast, 2012 – 2020 (Tons), (USD Million)

FIG. 20 U.S. Household Biochar Application Segment Market Volume and Revenue Estimates, and Forecast, 2012 – 2020 (Tons), (USD Million)

List of Tables

 

TABLE 1 U.S. Biochar Market: Market Snapshot

TABLE 2 U.S. Biochar Market: Comparison of Slow and Fast Pyrolysis Technique

TABLE 3 Market Drivers of U.S. Biochar Market: Impact Analysis

TABLE 4 Market Restraints of U.S. Biochar Market: Impact Analysis

Biochar is a solid material that is obtained from the carbonization of biomass. It is added to soil to enhance soil quality and reduce emissions through carbon sequestration. The use of biochar for carbon sequestration is believed to offset carbon emissions from natural and industrial processes. Biochar also improves water quality by retaining the agrochemicals and soil nutrients that could have mixed with water and caused water pollution. In addition to carbon sequestration and soil amendment, sustainable biochar practices can yield products that can be used as a fuel.

 

Pyrolysis is a simple and a low-cost technique that can produce a wide range of products such as biochar, bio-oil, and bio-chemicals. The biochar obtained as the output of the pyrolysis process can improve soil fertility. Biochar can be obtained by either performing the slow or fast pyrolysis technique. The biochar industry in the U.S. is in the development phase with several research institutes and companies trying to develop biochar at low cost, which could prove economical to both buyers and sellers. The U.S. market for biochar includes companies that are involved in small and medium scale manufacture of biochar. These companies provide biochar for gardening, research, agriculture (large farms), and household purposes.

 

The research study on the U.S. biochar market is designed to estimate, analyze, and forecast the market revenue of the biochar market in the U.S. It provides an in-depth analysis of the total volume and market revenue of the U.S. biochar market. This research study covers the key application segments of the biochar market in the U.S. Based on application, the market has been segmented into gardening, agriculture (large farms), and household. The market study also provides historical data, detailed analysis, and statistically refined forecast for the application segments covered herein.

 

The market size has been estimated on the basis of indicators in the biochar industry. Furthermore, the market size for biochar has been calculated considering the volume of sales of biochar in the U.S. The study provides detailed analysis and forecast of the biochar market for the U.S. from 2014 to 2020. The current and future forecast analysis for all the application segments has been provided in terms of both volume (tons) and market revenue (USD Million), considering 2012 and 2013 as the base years. All factors such as need of biochar, consumer’s demographics, and preference for biochar over fertilizer are analyzed in the report. The report primarily focuses on the need of the client, and therefore has covered all feasible parameters and provided quantifiable data.

 

The U.S. biochar market research report includes market drivers, market restraints, and market opportunities, and also their impact on the growth of the biochar market over the forecast period. Furthermore, the study encompasses opportunities for market growth in the U.S. In order to compile the research report, we conducted in-depth primary interviews and discussions with numerous key opinion leaders (KOLs) and participants. As the U.S. biochar industry is in the development phase, we have relied on the responses of primary interviews with consultants and KOLs. We have also reviewed key players’ product portfolio, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents for competitive analysis and better understanding of the biochar market in the U.S. Secondary research includes in-depth research on current trends, trade journals, Internet sources, statistical data, and technical writing from associated approach for obtaining concise data, capturing industry participants’ insights and recognizing growth opportunities.

 

The uniqueness of the report lies in the overall industrial description of the U.S. biochar market, which is presently a niche market and is in the development stage. The study analyzes the value chain of the U.S. biochar market. The phases in the value chain comprise feedstock procurement and preparation, transport, drying, production of biochar, transfer, distribution, and end-use of biochar. The report also provides detailed analysis of various factors influencing the U.S. biochar market by employing Porter’s Five Forces analysis. The analysis sheds light on the bargaining power of buyers and suppliers, threat from substitutes and new entrants, and the degree of competition in the U.S. biochar market. Moreover, the research study provides cost analysis of biochar, which includes qualitative and quantitative analysis of each cost component from feedstock cost to biochar transportation.

 

Profiles of leading companies have been provided in the U.S. biochar market report along with the list of technology providers, manufacturers, and suppliers of biochar in the U.S. market. Key participants in the U.S. biochar market include Agri-Tech Producers, LLC, Biochar Supreme, LLC, Cool Planet Energy Systems, Inc., Full Circle Biochar, and The Biochar Company. The report also analyzes several other players involved in the market, including BioChar Products, CharGrow, LLC, Genesis Industries, LLC, Hawaii Biochar Products, LLC, New England Biochar, LLC, Phoenix Energy, Three Dimensional Timberlands, LLC, Tolero Energy, LLC, Vega Biofuels, Inc., and Victory Gasworks. 

 

The U.S. Biochar Market has been segmented as below:

  • U.S. Biochar Market: Application Segment
    • Gardening
    • Agriculture (Large Farms)
    • Household