Our first system for the production of activated carbon (A500) has been approved and is now officially in regular operation. The city of Baden-Baden (Black Forest) will use the plant to test various regional residual biomass for the production of activated carbon as part of the “RE-DIRECT” (INTERREG North-West Europe NWE) research project.
Why is this so interesting? In Germany for example we are talking about around 9 million tonnes of organic and green waste from households and garden and park maintenance, which is collected and recycled separately every year (UBA 2015, Federal Environment Ministry). With still potential upwards (collection and recycling). So far, these 9 million tonnes have mostly only been recycled in pure composting plants. That’s not bad, but there are better alternatives (the decomposition of organic matter releases a lot of CO2). For example, part of the green waste is very well suited as a raw material for activated carbon, which is produced by binding most of the carbon and does not release it into the air as CO2…
Under the European label “INTERREG North West Europe” several European partners (municipalities, universities and companies) are researching how regional material cycles can be closed in a meaningful way.
PROJECTDETAILS RE-DIRECT, Baden-Baden
- Customer: Environmental technology plant of the city of Baden-Baden
- Location: Baden-Baden, Germany
- System: PYREG plant A500, in operation since January 2019
- RE-DIRECT is part of the European research programme INTERREG North-West Europe NWE. Official project title: Regional development and integration of unused biomass wastes as resources for circular products and economic transformation. 2016-2019.
- Aim of the project is the decentralised and regional utilisation of residual biomass to produce biogas and activated carbon. 11 project partners from Germany, Belgium, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom are working together.
- With the PYREG plant A500, among other things, the press cake that is produced from the biomass during biogas production is to be refined into activated carbon. The activated carbon will then be used for wastewater treatment.