Biochar in indus­try

The pos­si­ble uses of biochar (pyrolyt­i­cal­ly pro­duced biomass carbon) are extreme­ly varied. Not only agri­cul­ture can benefit from the envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly char­coal. It also has numer­ous pos­i­tive effects when used in indus­tri­al process­es. Mainly in the form of acti­vat­ed carbon (adsor­bent) in water, gas and air purifi­ca­tion, but also as a reduc­ing agent in met­al­lur­gi­cal process­es, biochar has great poten­tial.

Last but not least, biochar is ben­e­fi­cial because it sub­sti­tutes fossil fuels and thus improves the CO2 foot­print. Cement and lime plants, for example, require con­sid­er­able quan­ti­ties of energy sources to provide the nec­es­sary process tem­per­a­tures. For eco­nom­ic reasons, most cement plants already use waste-based fuels on a large scale. However, these fuels are often not avail­able in a form that allows them to be used via the main burner. In order to replace fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas), biomass car­bon­ates are also suit­able, as they have similar prop­er­ties to the brown coal dust con­ven­tion­al­ly used (see Weber 2016: Biokohle. Her­stel­lung, Eigen­schaften und Ver­wen­dung von Bio­massekar­bon­isat­en, p. 279–282 (Biochar. Pro­duc­tion, prop­er­ties and use of biomass car­bon­isates)

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Sep­a­rat­ing pol­lu­tants with biochar

Sep­a­rat­ing pol­lu­tants with biochar

Pol­lu­tants from soil, water and gases can be removed with biochar. Accord­ing to Weber (Indus­trielle Anwen­dun­gen von Bio­massekar­bon­isat­en. Adsorp­tion­s­mit­tel, in: Quicker/Weber 2016, Biokohle), these can be organic pol­lu­tants…

Biochar in met­al­lur­gy

Biochar in met­al­lur­gy

The pro­duc­tion of metal­lic raw prod­ucts is one of the most impor­tant indus­tri­al sectors. Germany, for example, is one of the world’s leading coun­tries in the pro­duc­tion of steel, alu­mini­um, lead, copper and tin. Accord­ing to the authors Schul­ten…

The 55 pos­si­ble uses of biochar

The 55 pos­si­ble uses of biochar

Biochar is far too valu­able to be used only as soil improver and carbon storage. It has been used by gen­er­a­tions of people for drink­ing water fil­tra­tion, the treat­ment of waste water and kitchen waste and as com­post­ing agents. In today’s world, uses are mul­ti­ply­ing…

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