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Agile Planet

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Agile Planet

Developing a process for small-scale biochar production. Supported by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF).

Graduate start-up Agile Planet have developed an innovative burner for producing biochar.

Biochar is a compost material made by processing waste wood in a specially-design kiln. It actively removes CO₂ from the atmosphere and has a range of benefits including improving plant growth. Agile Planet have created a new home burner that will enable anyone to create biochar in their own garden.

Connor Lascelles, founder and designer of the biochar kiln has a product design background and has been developing the pre-production prototype. Alongside co-director Lottie Hawkins, a graduate of molecular biology, the company are investing in and testing the process of small-scale biochar production with households and nursery garden centres.

Agile Planet has been awarded an AUB-ERDF Innovation Voucher and receive access to our workshop facilities for prototyping support.

European Regional Development Funds

This project is supported through match-funding by the England European Regional Development Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. This fund was established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. This investment will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit

Explore the Innovation Studio

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The Innovation Studio operates as a lab for creative technologies, a nucleus for start-ups and enterprises and an industry engagement hub.

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Events and workshops

A series of workshops and lectures for industry professionals to develop innovation and creative capabilities.

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Take a look at some of our recent collaborative projects with external partners and businesses

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Associate Programme

Our Associate Programme offers membership of our Innovation Studio to regional businesses seeking research and development support.

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Pre Start-Up Programme

Our Pre Start-Up Programme offers membership for creative individuals or businesses looking to develop new products or services.

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Creative Technologies

The Innovation Studio features state-of-the-art equipment and digital resources, and the latest manufacturing technology.