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Activated Carbon from Palm Kernel Shell

Palm kernel shell activated carbon is an activated carbon made from palm shell. Palm shell activated carbon is cheaper than coconut shell activated carbon. And the composition of palm shell activated carbon is similar to that of coconut shell activated carbon, so palm shell activated carbon can be used as an excellent substitute for coconut shell activated carbon. As a high-performance activated carbon, palm shell activated carbon can be used in wastewater treatment, food, beverage, wine brewing, and other fields.

Raw material

Palm shell

Market expectation

Wide sales, huge market potential

Activated Carbon from Palm Kernel Shell

Material Advantages

The palm kernel shell is the shell of the palm fruit. Palm fruit is mainly produced in Malaysia, Indonesia, and America, South America, and other places. Palm shell is a good raw material for preparing activated carbon. The prepared palm shell activated carbon has stable chemical properties, a large specific surface area, durability, and easy regeneration.

In addition to palm kernel shells, palm wastes such as oil palm empty fruit bunches (EFB) and palm leaves can also be developed into activated carbon through the activated carbon production process due to their relatively high carbon content.

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Why Choose Palm Shell Activated Carbon Business

Huge market demand potential

With the continuous development of various industries, the global demand for activated carbon has increased from 1.962 million tons in 2016 to 3.311 million tons in 2021. Among them, the demand for activated carbon in the field of water treatment has reached 46.94% of the total. Palm shell activated carbon is the main demand product in the water purification industry, and the demand is increasing year by year.

Demand industries tend to be high-end

The high value-added activated carbon products have grown significantly. The rich hemicellulose in palm shell activated carbon can prepare excellent battery materials, which has great research value in the application of lithium batteries. It is expected that it will become a more mainstream direction in the future, and palm shell activated carbon products will continue to develop in the direction of high-end and specialization.

Low cost of raw materials

The pulp of palm fruit can be used to produce peel oil, the palm kernel can be used to produce palm kernel oil, and the remaining palm shells are discarded as waste. Similar to coconut shell activated carbon, activated carbon derived from oil palm empty fruit bunches, palm shell and palm leaves, and other palm wastes as raw materials. The raw materials are very convenient to obtain and the cost is very low.

How to Use Activated Carbon Equipment to Make Palm Kernel Shell Activated Carbon


The production process of palm shell activated carbon is roughly divided into two steps: carbonization and activation. Both carbonization and activation reactions need to be carried out in the activated carbon rotary kiln.

Carbonization of palm shell kernel activated carbon

In the first step, the palm shell material is dehydrated, and the original organic matter is carbonized at a temperature of 170°C-600°C.

Activation of palm shell kernel activated carbon

The second step is to activate the carbonized material. This link is completed by the reaction of the activator (steam) and carbon. In the endothermic reaction, it is necessary to use a mixed gas composed of CO and H2 to incinerate and heat the carbonized material to an appropriate temperature (800 ° C – 1000 ° C) to burn off decomposable substances. As a result, a developed microporous structure and a huge specific surface area are produced, so as to achieve the effect of super adsorption.

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