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). Our approach requires significantly less energy 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. Our process can also be retrofitted to existing carbonisation/pyrolysis units to upgrade the char output to activated carbon. These factors mean that we can produce activated carbon at a fraction of the traditional manufacturing cost, while still maintaining the same product quality.

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