What does an Activated Carbon Expert do? Generally, the starting place is the definition of performance goals for an existing or proposed system that uses activated carbon as the core technology for cleaning air or water. The expert then evaluates if the activated carbon system can meet those goals as designed and when operated correctly. If the actual performance deviates from the expectations, the expert drills down to find the source of the differences and options for improving performance, both treatment and economic, of the entire system. This optimization exercise including carbon replacement expenses, ongoing labor costs and even the value of preventive maintenance steps, such as proper carbon replacement procedures and periodic back-washing of liquid phase systems.
Depending on the age of the system, it may be the first time someone who knows what to look for has access to the operating system. Many systems are designed, installed and operated for years without questioning whether the activated carbon is performing as intended. Many operating practices can shorten the acceptable treatment time online; with the replacement of the activated carbon when it is “spent” making the problem go away with the addition of fresh adsorbent. In general, activated carbon can solve many difficult treatment challenges, but the cost of operation can be the biggest challenge of all. The expert can assure that that cost is no larger than it need be over time.
Several new applications exist for activated carbon. These include use in the bioeconomy areas like fuel storage, aerobic /anaerobic processes (adsorption and microbiological support medium, etc.). Engineering firms often see activated carbon as a resource for providing objective answers for AC use and applications (as opposed contacting an AC manufacturer who would promote only their products). Also, municipalities and new activated carbon or biochar production facilities use biochar experts to help develop product specifications for target market(s), or to prepare / review technical documents. The above are not meant to be an exhaustive list of the myriad fields that activated carbon experts cover. In areas such as odor control, appraisals, bioeconomy due diligence, climate change analysis, bio-litigation support and techno-economic analysis, these experts are valuable. The best renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms will have qualified cellulosic biomass experts. At Lee Enterprises Consulting, we have several highly qualified activated carbon experts available to assist you with any related matters. Feel free call or email us for more information.
With over 150 consultants worldwide, Lee Enterprises Consulting has the diverse experts and geographical reach to assist in virtually any bioeconomy project. Our highly qualified teams bring a unique integration of technical, scientific, regulatory and hands on experience to any project. Look at our experts and the services we provide. Most of our experts are also available to advise and serve as expert witnesses in bioeconomy litigation matters. For the larger projects, we specialize in putting together full service, interdisciplinary teams with one point of contact. See video about LEC here. Call us at 1+ (501) 833-8511 or email us for more information. See our post on the state of the current biochar and activated carbon markets. See also PPT on Biobased Activated Carbon.