Activated charcoal from wood chips, saw dust and other biomass can be powderized and used to filter mercury out of exhaust from coal-fired boilers, says enviraPAC, giving old power plants a new lease on life.

Source: PRWeb
The US demand for activated carbon, including virgin and reactivated products sold by activated carbon suppliers, is expected to grow 11.2% per year to almost 1.3 billion pounds in 2017, with market value reaching almost $1.8 billion. Implementation of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) will drive most of the growth, as utilities and industrial manufacturers upgrade their coal-fired power plants to comply with the regulations. Compliance with the EPA’s Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts (DBP) Rules, which will be fully implemented by 2015, will lead to healthy gains in water treatment applications. Additionally, rising motor vehicle production, increased pharmaceutical output and improving economic conditions, will drive strong growth in several smaller applications, according to the report “Activated Carbon to 2017."

Source: PRNewswire    By Roskill Information Services
Activated Carbon: Global Industry Markets and Outlook, 2013 (9th Edition)

Activated carbon markets are on the brink of an enormous change. The next four years could see world consumption almost double according to a new report from Roskill. Enough new production capacity should be in place by 2017 to meet new demand, but the potential exists for a shortfall to develop. The report quantifies Roskill's supply and demand predictions to 2017.

Source: PRNewswire
Growing environmental pollutions and increasing use of activated carbon to purge heavy metal residues in industrial pollutants are driving the global activated carbon market. Activated carbon markets are entering a period of fast growth. The next four years could see world consumption almost double. Enough new production capacity should be in place by 2017 to meet new demand, but the potential exists for a shortage. The corporate landscape is also shifting. Sixteen companies now account for almost two thirds of total activated carbon production capacity and just two countries account for the same proportion of world capacity.

Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE: CCC) reported that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced today that the antidumping order on imports of steam activated carbon imported into the U.S. from China will remain in effect for at least five years.

Source: BusinessLine
Coconut-shell-based activated carbon has been notified under Focus Product Scheme and is now eligible for 2 per cent export incentive.

This notification of the Director General of Foreign Trade enables the activated carbon exporters to enjoy 2 per cent incentive with effect from January 1, 2013.

The report covers the major activated carbon market which includes primarily powdered activated carbon and granular activated carbon segments. It also studies other activated carbon such as pellet activated carbon, bead activated carbon, and impregnated carbon. The report analyses the market for activated carbon with respect to market drivers, opportunities, and winning imperatives related to the industry.

Source:   By Cai Wenjun and Xu Chi  
Doctors and experts said consumers should be wary of claims that masks filter out tiny PM2.5 particles as the country so far has no regulations governing the masks and some may cause respiratory problems.

Many different masks are available, such as medical masks, activated carbon masks and industrial masks, in drugstores, supermarkets and online for "PM2.5 protection."

Resource: MarketWatch
The U.S. Department of Commerce ("DOC") yesterday announced its final antidumping margins calculated in connection with the fourth annual administrative review of the antidumping duty order on steam activated carbon from the People's Republic of China, noted Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP, counsel to domestic activated carbon manufacturers. Activated carbon is used in drinking water, wastewater, odor control, and pollution abatement systems.

Resource: SBWire
Activated carbon is a form of carbon, also known as activated charcoal and is being used in different chemical reactions. It is being processed to make it porous and have a large surface area. It is formed by activation of coal, lignite, wood chips, coconut shells and other carbonaceous materials. Among all the geographies United States is the largest market for activated carbon. The characteristics and uses of activated carbon are totally dependent on the type of material used in its production.