The world has long appreciated the unique properties of activated materials derived from specific biomass sources, especially coconut shell and wood activated carbons. Now there is an emerging industry associated with carbonized biomass, utilized for a number of specific applications without formal activation for enhanced adsorption performance.
Most people are familiar with wood lump charcoal for cooking, but other advanced applications are emerging for chars when used in agriculture (biochar), in-situ remediation of contaminated sediments, remediation of mine spoils, as well as traditional high performance charcoal applications such as metal reduction. Because the entire line of carbonized chars is derived from renewable resources, avoids significant fossil fuel inputs during manufacture, and contains carbon removed from the atmosphere as the biomass grew, there is a dynamic market opportunity in a world sensitive to climate disruption and the perils of fossil fuel dependency.
Hugh McLaughlin, Ph.D/P.E. Director of Biocarbon Research for Alterna Biocarbon is the course director. He is an expert on both activated carbons and the unique properties of chars derived from renewable biomass, particularly wood and agricultural residues. The course covers the underlying science of carbonization, options for manufacture on industrial scale, and the properties of chars relevant to specific applications. Specifically, biochar -- the unique carbonaceous material intended as a soil amendment and carbon sequestration method -- will be covered in depth. Henry Nowicki, PACS President, covers analytical methods for manufacture and applications.
PACS courses related to activated carbon are titled:
Register by mailing a copy of the COURSE REGISTRATION FORM or an associated CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM. Send it with a payment of $1250 to secure your course attendance. Hotel information and a map will be sent to confirm your registration. Please list your special interest(s) on the registration form. Enrollment is limited to assure your maximum course benefits. On-site PACS courses are available (most PACS courses can be provided at your time and place). Telephone Henry Nowicki or Barb Sherman at 1.724.457.6576 if you need further information. PACS also provides laboratory testing and consulting services.
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