Case study: Beach Wrack Conversion

Carbonisation (biochar)

Location: Island of Rügen, Germany
Lead: KS-VTCtech GmbH

Beach wrack conversion (BWC) has its project location on the island of Rügen (Germany) and focusses on the conversion of beach wrack into biochar, which is a carbon neutral solid fuel that can be used in conventionally coal-fired processes (heat-and-power plants, industrial furnaces, etc.).

Despite this technical core of the case study, BWC looks at the entire process chain around the topic:

  • “beach cleaning”, transportation, storage and the technical system for the conversion process
  • the corresponding legal framework in Germany
  • a business plan for the possible erection and operation of a corresponding treatment plant on the island of Rügen.
A room full of machines.
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The CONTRA partners are from Germany, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Russia and Estonia. The project runs from 2019 to 2021 and is supported financially by the European Regional Development Fund, ERDF.