A researcher from Queen’s University has developed a low price approach to transforming leftover barley from alcohol breweries into carbon, which may very well be used as a renewable gas for properties in winter, charcoal for summer season barbecues or water filters in developing countries.
Breweries within the EU throw out around 3.4 million tons of unspent grain yearly, weighing the equal of 500,000 elephants.
Dr. Ahmed Osman, who is from the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, has been capable of creating sufficient activated carbon to spread throughout 100 football pitches.
The results have been revealed within the Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology.
Liquid types of carbon are usually shipped to the UK from the Middle East, and solid biocarbon, within the form of wooden pellets is shipped from the US and elsewhere. Using this new technique, they able to utilize extra locally produced assets, scale back emissions linked with the agriculture sector, and we’re additionally making a high-value product. Throughout the globe, there’s an actual demand for carbon as it’s used to create gas for households, charcoal for barbecues, and parts for water filters. If we’re capable of taking one thing that may, in any other case, be a waste and turn it right into a helpful biofuel, it might probably only be a good thing for our planet. It might actually help to solve global waste and energy issues
The project was funded by The Bryden Centre at Queen’s and EPSRC. It was an international collaboration between South West College, Queen’s University Belfast, and Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. Queen’s University’s work on biofuels from waste will probably be featured in an upcoming main conference, in Belfast, Engineering the Energy Transition, from 26 to 28 February 2020