There are many uses for Activated Carbon in the world,
ranging industrial applications to human consumption; this
means there is a number of markets our Modern Farmer
model is capable of impacting for years to come.
Activated carbon is used to treat
poisonings and overdoses following oral
ingestion. Tablets or capsules of
activated carbon are used in many
countries as an over-the-counter drug to
treat stomach issues.
Carbon adsorption is used to remove
pollutants from air or water streams both
in the field and in industrial processes
such as spill cleanup, groundwater
remediation, drinking water filtration, air
purification and capturing volatile
Activated carbon is an allowed substance
used by organic farmers in both livestock
production and wine making. In livestock
production it is used as a pesticide,
animal feed additive, processing aid,
nonagricultural ingredient and disinfectant.
In organic whinemaking, activated carbon
is allowed for use as a processing agent
to absorb brown color pigments from
white grape concentrates.
Filters with activated carbon are
usually used in compressed air and
gas purification to remove oil
vapors, odor, and even sound from
the air. Activated carbon is also
used in spacesuit's Primary Life
Support Systems. Activated carbon
filters are used to retain radioactive
gases from nuclear reactors. Also
activated carbon is commonly used
on the laboratory scale to purify
solutions of organic molecules
containing unwanted impurities.
Activated carbon, often infused
with sulfur or lodine, is widely
used to trap mercury emissions
from coal-fired power stations,
medical incinerators, and from
natural gas at the wellhead.
This carbon is a specialty
product costing more than
$5.00 USD per kg.
Carbon Science will construct a state of the art facility with
the intention of accomplishing the following:
In the US, the current demand for activated carbon is to rise 11+% annually through 2017, this includes virgin and reactivated products sold by activated carbon suppliers, at the end, we are looking at a market value of over $1.35 billion USD. Also, implementation of the EPA’s new mercury removal standards will be the single most important factor to follow. And this is only in the US.
Information from Freedonia Group
This market is even bigger than we can imagine, over the recent years, the global activated carbon consumption has kept growing with an average annual rate of 5.5%, approximating 1.437 million tons in 2014. With the rising demand from the global industrial environmental protection, home/automotive environmental protection, water purification and other fields, the world's demand for activated carbon is expected to hit 1.733 million tons in 2017.
The global capacity of activated carbon is mainly concentrated in the United States, Japan and a few other developed countries. However, China is the world's largest producer of activated carbon in terms of capacity, accounting for 43.2% of the global market. China's activated carbon output was about 588,800 tons in 2014. As China's environmental awareness gets enhanced and environmental protection policies tightened, China's demand for activated carbon will present a CAGR of up to 6% in the next 3-5 years, higher than the global level.
Information from China Activated Carbon Industry Report
High quality activated carbon is in short supply, the carbon produced in China is low grade, very dusty and has very low capacity, and the world is moving over to a higher quality product, with distributers that are “cheat mixing” products from different suppliers disappearing, and location sourced production, bamboo bio-mass and government registered plantations becoming the new standards. We are proud to say that Bambú Rain and Carbon Science are currently one of the world’s only sources of registered bamboo biomass. Join the Modern Farmer program today.