Activated Carbon Manufacture Technology Description

Online Activated Carbon Data: Manufacture, Uses and Applications

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In this page you will find free data about Activated Carbon, including:

  • What is Activated Carbon
  • How to make Activated Carbon
  • Activated Carbon uses and applications

This page presents brief synopsis of Activated Carbon production technology, describing, in a concise way, relevant technical and economic aspects. Each manufacturing process description will consist of:

  • Major process steps
  • Simplified, schematic flow diagram & key equipment
  • Important safety or environmental considerations
  • Economic perspective, comprising capital expenditures and/or operating expenses

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Activated Carbon Production Process

Activated carbon, also known as activated charcoal or activated coal, is an inert solid composed mostly of carbon atoms, processed to have porous structure and a large internal surface area. These unique characteristics impart adsorptive properties that make activated carbon attractive for use in a range of liquid- and gasphase applications.

Technology Description

L-Activated Carbon Production Process - Process Flow Diagram

The following paragraphs describe activated carbon production from coconut shells, which involves two main steps: carbonization of coconut shells into shell charcoal, followed by steam activation at high temperatures.


Initially, coconut shells are fed to a crusher, where ...

Steam activation

In a fluidized-bed reactor, the charcoal is activated by ...


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This synopsis is based on the report Activated Carbon Production Process - Cost Analysis. (For more information, click here).