Submitted to: UJNR Food & Agricultural Panel Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/22/2005
Publication Date: 10/29/2005
Citation: Klasson, K.T., Lima, I.M., Marshall, W.E. 2005. Poultry manure-based activated carbons as mercury adsorbents. In: Proceedings of the United States-Japan Cooperative Program in Natural Resources, Food and Agriculture Panel, October 22-29, 2005, Susono Fuji, Japan. p. 219-222.
Technical Abstract: Increased emphasis on reduction of mercury emissions from coal fired electric power plans have resulted in environmental regulations that may in the future require application of activated carbons as mercury sorbents. The sorbents could be injected into the flue gas stream where is adsorbs the mercury. The sorbent (now containing mercury) would be removed via filtration or other means from the flue gas. Our preliminary work has demonstrated that activated carbon made from agricultural animal waste material can adsorb mercury from air with great efficiency. In experiments, the manure-based activated carbon removed over 95% of elemental mercury from air streams both in its granular and powder forms. A commercial activated carbon product tested in similar experiments did not perform as well as the manure-based product.