With the PYREG prototype for the Swiss biochar pioneer Verora AG, both companies have now been awarded.
The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (BFE) awards the PYREG GmbH as technology partner of the Swiss Verora AG with the renowned Watt d’Or, the award for best achievement in the energy sector.
Green heat and premium biochar
Verora AG is a group of farmers from the Zug mountain region and since 2012 has been operating one of the first plants of the now worldwide leading plant manufacturer PYREG. With the P500 used in Switzerland, the Swiss biochar pioneers have been recycling locally produced, untreated tree and shrub cuttings into high-quality biochar and generate green heat in the process. This heat heats the farm buildings via an integrated hot-water circuit, a concept that has already been adopted on a larger scale by the Basel IWB as an energy supplier.
Continuous optimization for best performance
The PYREG P500 system was developed in a close technological exchange between Verora AG and PYREG and today produces high-quality EBC-certified premium biochar. Verora AG is one of the leading suppliers of biochar in the Swiss market. „We are pleased with our success as a technology partner of Verora AG. The Verora GmbH in the person of Fredy Abächerli, and in particular the Keiser operating family are true pioneers in the Swiss biochar market. They recognized very early the need for an alternative in agriculture and climate protection and took risks that are now rightly appreciated,“ says Helmut Gerber, CTO and founder of PYREG GmbH.