Wood vinegar is referred to as pyroligneous acid or liquid smoke, and is a dark liquid obtained through the carbonization, which appears from the heating of a biomass in the absence of oxygen and airless container, during the charcoal or biochar production. The exhaust smoke from this charcoal production is cooled into a liquid, and further separates into vinegar, tar, and bio-oil. Wood vinegar can be made from tree wood. Wood vinegar contains more than 250 constituents, which include ester, phenol, acetic acid, methanol, ketone, formic acid, and many others. The main components of wood vinegar are acetic acid, methanol, and acetone. Wood vinegar has a bactericidal effect, as well as the ability to generate microbes. In addition, it has qualities of root taking out, which provides a growth persuading effect. However, depending on the volume of the mixture, it can also be used to retard the growth of the plant. Wood vinegar is neither considered, as an agrichemical nor a fertilizer. Though, when it is properly used, it increases the intake of fertilizers and reduces the damages by various diseases. Wood vinegar enhances planting, helps to increase the fertility of soil, and balance of the microbiological population. Moreover, it also increases the life of the roots, and hence supports proper uptake of nutrients.
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The global wood vinegar market can be segmented on the basis of manufacturing process and application.
Geographically, Asia-Pacific is the largest market for wood vinegar, followed by North America and Europe. During the forecast period, the Asia-Pacific wood vinegar market is expected to grow with the fastest rate. Wood vinegar is extensively used in Japan and other Asian countries, since several decades as a replacement of synthetic agro-chemicals.
Some of the major drivers behind the growth of the global wood vinegar market are growing demand for organic products, increasing awareness regarding food safety, waste management potential, low cost of production, up surging food industry, and increasing industrial sectors. In the near future, it is expected that wood vinegar can bring considerable benefits to the agricultural sector. Wood vinegar is considered to be a high density liquid with good economic transportation costs, versus coverage that fits into current supply chain and on farm infrastructure. The increasing char production industry leads to a reduced reliance on limited expensive agrichemicals. For instance, the concentration of agrichemicals or liquid fertilizers can be minimized by around 50%, if it is diluted in a 500 times dilution solution of wood vinegar due to its higher permeation. This would result in the reduced usage of agrichemicals. In addition, the positive trial result for the use of wood vinegar in agricultural sector is driving the growth of the global wood vinegar market. Moreover, the up surging food industry also supports the growth of the global wood vinegar market. The food industry continues to use wood vinegar extracts as a smoke flavor additive to meats, sauces, and foods. However, the lack of awareness among the consumers and lack of knowledge regarding the use of product is hampering the global wood vinegar market.
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Some of the major competitors in the global wood vinegar market include Wood Vinegar Australia, Canada Renewable Bioenergy Corp., ACE (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., Nettenergy B.V., Byron Biochar, and NAKASHIMA TRADING CO.LTD.
Global Wood Vinegar Market, By Manufacturing Process
- Fast and Intermediate Pyrolysis
- Slow Pyrolysis
Global Wood Vinegar Market, By Application
- Waste Water Treatment
- Animal Husbandry
Global Wood Vinegar Market, By Geography
- North America
- Rest of the World (RoW)
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