NetZero's first site was built in Nkongsamba, in the Littoral region of Cameroon. It is Africa's first industrial-scale biochar plant.
It sits next to Synergie Nord Sud (SNS), Cameroon's largest coffee-processing plant, who's owner is one of NetZero's co-founders. This ideal location gives NetZero a direct access to coffee husks, an abundant waste product of coffee transformation. It also gives NetZero a one-of-a-kind platform to distribute the biochar to small coffee growers that supply SNS.
Its production capacity can reach 2,000 tonnes of biochar per year.
In 2022, the project was certified by Puro.earth, the world's leading certification player for carbon removal.
NetZero's second production site is currently under construction in Lajinha, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. It will start operating in Q1 2023 and will be South America's first industrial-scale biochar plant.
The feedstock — also coffee husk — will be supplied through our local partner Coocafé, a cooperative of 10,000 coffee growers. The resulting biochar will be sold to Coocafé’s farmers to help them reduce fertiliser usage while increasing yields and improving soil health.
This plant will feature the second generation of our production process, with significant improvements in productivity, reliability, and safety of operations. Its production capacity will reach 4,000 tonnes of biochar per year — twice the one of Cameroon.
For 2023, we already have a pipleine of several sites to be built in Brazil. These sites will include additional R&D improvements and will help to further demonstrate the replicability and scalability of our model.