Carbon plant backed

Coffee cup recycler Carbogenics set for production

Jan Mumme: major milestone

A university spinout company, which has developed an environmental benefit from takeaway coffee cups, has received a funding package to set up a production centre.

Carbogenics turns difficult-to-recycle paper waste including disposable coffee containers into a fertiliser.

The start-up, created at Edinburgh University, has raised nearly £500,000 in an investment led by Techstart Ventures and will establish a base in Perthshire.

Techstart is joined in the seed investment round by Old College Capital, the University’s venture fund, and private investors.

Carbogenics takes low-value paper waste and turns it into CreChar, a carbon-rich porous material. The company’s first application of its product adds CreChar to the feed material of anaerobic digestion plants. 

This significantly increases the plant’s output and can reduce feedstock costs. At the end of its life, CreChar is returned to the soil to work as fertiliser and lock away carbon for hundreds of years, offering significant carbon savings. 

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