The novel technology developed by Bygen was formulated through several years of intense R&D investigating new approaches to the traditionally energy-intensive methods for activated carbon production. These conventional thermal approaches utilise high temperatures (800 - 1200 °C) and high purity gases (CO2/H2O). Fossil fuel based heating is required to reach these elevated temperatures.
Our approach requires significantly less energy and time and can use cheap activation agents to achieve the same quality activated carbon as the conventional approaches. In addition, as we require significantly less energy infrastructure for our process, we can scale it down, allowing us to access cheap and abundant agricultural waste sites.
When utilising agricultural wastes, pyrolysis based technologies are proven as effective means for carbon sequestration and are growing increasingly important in carbon abatement programs on a global level.