Charcoal Processing Systems

Charcoal is the lightweight carbon and ash residue produced by removing water and other volatile constituents. Charcoal is usually made by heating wood or other materials in the absence of oxygen. The biggest advantage to using carbon over burning wood is that the removal of water allows charcoal to burn to a higher temperature and the product of its combustion is mainly carbon dioxide, which results in much less smoke than popular alternatives.

There are many ways to produce charcoal. The traditional method used in Britain used a clamp. This involves leaning a pile of wooden logs against a chimney. The logs are then covered with soil and straw so that no air can enter. The logs are lit on fire by introducing burning fuel into the chimney. The entire process is very slow and usually takes around 5 days before the charcoal can then be removed. Unfortunately, the method produces a large amount of emissions that are both harmful to humans and the environment.

There are many different types of charcoal that are processed and made in different ways. This includes common charcoal, sugar charcoal, activated charcoal, lump charcoal, Japanese charcoal, sawdust briquette charcoal, and extruded charcoal. Each type of charcoal is made from different materials and often has different uses. Some of these uses include industrial fuel, cooking fuel, automotive fuel, pyrotechnics, cosmetic use, art, medicine, purification, and filtration.

As stated previously, there are still a lot of issues when it comes to the production of charcoal and the negative environmental impact it has. In South America, the use of charcoal as a smelting fuel has increased, which has caused severe environmental, social, and medical issues.

The production of charcoal at the sub-industrial level is one of the major causes of deforestation, particularly in areas such as Virunga National Park in the Congo. This deforestation in this particular area is considered a major threat to the survival of mountain gorillas. There are similar issues in Zambia, as well as an illegal charcoal trade in Malawi, which employs almost 93,000 worker and is the main source of heat and cooing fuel for almost 90 percent of the nation’s population.

The ONIX Corporation sees it as our responsibility to help curb some of the negative environmental issues that certain industries unfortunately help contribute to. Many countries have incentives in place if companies or industries are able to implement more environmentally friendly practices. Charcoal processing can benefit from burning, size reduction, and material handling. The ONIX Corporation has the ability to create equipment that helps lower and regulate the amount of harmful emissions that many industrial processes create, including the production of charcoal. Our processing systems can handle numerous materials and co-products that you may not know what to do with or want a better more effective way to process. We have the ability to work with materials such as, but not limited to, apple pomace, citrus pomace, sludge, alfalfa, bagasse, coffee grounds, sawdust, charcoal and much more. Our equipment is engineered to fit your specific needs. If you feel that The ONIX Corporation may be of assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to research more about our alternative fuel systems, including rotary drum dryers and material handling solutions. Whether dealing with regulating the emissions produced during the production of charcoal, or something else, it never hurts to give us a call to learn more.

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