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Max-Eyth-Allee 100

14469 Potsdam


Tel. +49 (0)331 5699-0


Coordinating institute


Versuchsanlage zur hydrothermalen Karbonisierung

The production of biochar from digestate biogas production is the focus of the research group APECS (Anaerobic Pathways to Renewable Energies and Carbon Sinks).
APECS developes a powerful hybrid method in which methods of CO2 neutral energy production and environmentally sound recovery incurred residues are combined into biochar. The biochar as a soil conditioner to increase the sorption capacity of the soil for nutrients and water, remove CO2 from the atmosphere and establish long-term according to a new carbon sink in agriculture.

Current research

• Comparison of different methods for carbonization of the digestate (pyrolysis and hydrothermal carbonization)

• Characterization of different biochars regarding stability of carbon compounds and adsorption

• Optimization of biochar properties

• Effects of biochar as a soil additive

• Review of the process in terms of function, performance, cost and environmental impact

Video: Biochar production from biogenic residues for the application as soil additive (youtube video in German)


Program events

Nov 21, 2019: RESFuels in transport sector decarbonisation, Brussels

The fourth ADVANCEFUEL Stakeholder Workshop will present the latest results about how to overcome...

Program news

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Young ATB scientist meets Nobel laureates in Lindau

June 26, 2015: Benjamin Wirth, PhD student at the ATB, is among the 650 young scientists worldwide...

Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. · Max-Eyth-Allee 100 · 14469 Potsdam · Germany · Tel. +49 (0)331 5699 0 · E-mail