Orthios' biochar pellet is a carbon capture mechanism, with beneficial results when added to soil due to its highly porous structure. It enables a slow release of moisture over a long period of time, making it an effective soil enhancer. During the final step of the char production process, if a mineral rich water solution is added to the reaction kettle as a quenching mechanism, the char becomes an extremely effective fertiliser.
The technology Orthios has developed for producing biochar is a simple, manual one, requiring no driving technology such as electricity. This enables individuals living in off the grid communities the ability to produce biochar for their own use, or to sell regionally. A single person can manage 2 to 4 of the Orthios biochar kettles simultaneously, with each unit producing 150kg per day of biochar, a valuable commodity.
Orthios has been working with UK experts and a North West University over the past 18 months, to validate and perfect the process prior to production quantities of the kettles being manufactured.
In the spring of 2019, a University student released his masters thesis based on the work done on this project, validating the use of this process to enhance agriculture growth as a low-tech carbon capture solution.