Project “BiBe – New applications of biochar as building material” develops new material alternatives for concrete industry and investigates use of biochar as a raw material in concrete and building material production. Use of biochar as one of the raw materials could provide an opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint of concrete production. Biochar is a stable material and it has significant carbon sequestration capability. Use of biochar as a raw material in concrete production could make the concrete structures lighter and also to improve their thermo and noise insulation capacities. According to studies biochar has also indoor air quality improving properties, as a result of its ability to absorb harmful substances and to maintain moisture balance of indoor air.

THE EFFECTS OF BIOCHAR ARE TESTED AND MONITORED

Project ”BiBe” investigates technical properties of biochar used as an additive in concrete and other materials. The properties are dependable from the raw material used for biochar and also from temperature and time of the manufacturing process. The possible applications for biochar could be new kind of wall and ceiling materials, concrete structures for storm water treatment, garden slabs and noise abatement structures. Project studies these applications in laboratory and pilot scale. During the studies, the environmental impacts and chemical and physical performance are tested.

The work packages of the project are:
1) Study of possibilities and properties of different kind of biochar as a raw material for building industry
2) Investigation of building regulations and legislation for biochar and investigation of requirements
3) Testing of the new material and product possibilities in laboratory and pilot scale tests
4) Activating the operators network, study of possibilities for demonstration and promoting the commercialization
5) Evaluation of the environmental impacts of new product concepts (low-carbon and LCA) and comparison with the
applications already in use
6) Dissemination and reporting

NEW INFORMATION ON BIOCHAR AND ITS USABILITY

Project ”BiBe” provides new openings and possibilities for development of products of South Savo regional biochar and concrete manufacturers and building industry. Because of laboratory and pilot-scale studies is gained new knowledge about the use of biochar in concrete production and also about environmental safety and functionality of these new products. Project promotes realization of circular economy, reduces carbon dioxide emissions and at the same time diminishes the carbon footprint of concrete production. Results of the project benefit especially concrete industry, biochar manufacturers and potential end users such as building industry, green builders and consumers.

More info

Riina Tuominen
Project Manager
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
tel. 040 637 1482
riina.tuominen(at)xamk.fi

Jussi Heinimö
Programme Director
Business Services Miksei Ltd
tel. 040 544 0936
jussi.heinimo(at)mikseimikkeli.fi

Facts

BiBe – New applications of biochar as building material

01.12.2020 - 31.12.2022

Implementers

Administrator: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences

Partial implementers: Business Services Miksei Ltd

Other partners: Etelä-Savon Koulutus Oy, Betset Oy, Harri Haavikko Oy, Benetech Oy, Carbo Culture Oy

Fields of expertise: Forest, the environment and energy

Budget

Total budget: 250 002 €

XAMK part of the total budget: 200 000 €

Financiers and main source of funding: European Regional Development Fund via the Regional Council of South Savo