A synthetic alternative adsorbent which is a conventional granular activated carbon used for capture and recovery of volatile organic substances from gas streams is known as activated carbon fiber cloth. It has up to twice the adsorption capacity of typical granular carbon and is more suitable to electro-thermal regeneration. These fibers are manufactured using rayon technical filament yarn using possess effective absorption, high-efficient absorption for low-concentrated solutions, easy to use, and easy to recover. Activated carbon fiber cloth possesses extensive characteristics such as large specific surface areas, more adsorption area, reduces pressure losses and used in many more areas. Activated charcoal fibers are used as filters for organic substances when substance concentration level is low, for regeneration of organic solvents, galvanic grouts purification, oil-separators for sewage water at gas stations and car cleaning stations, air-cleaners / odour-absorbers, used as super-capacitors, as water purification filters, filtering material for protective clothes, gas-masks for contact with toxic substances or poisons, welding gas filtration, smoking room filter, cigarette filter, filtration or purification of vodka and various other strong beverages.
According to the study “Europe Activated Charcoal Fiber Industry Situation and Prospects Research report”, it used as an alternative adsorbent material with thinners, light-weight, and efficient respirators because of their larger surface area, lighter weight, and fabric form. Activated carbon fibers are used in respiratory protection equipment against toluene in various toluene industries. Therefore, more thinner or fine and efficient respirators are manufactured using activated carbon fibers. Activated charcoal fibers are widely used in many industries due to their great adsorption properties and desirable physical properties, such as high mechanical strength, thermal resistance, light weight, and safety profile. The industrial and commercial uses of activated carbon fiber cloth include water treatment, gas masks and equipment for removal of toxic gases.
Activated charcoal fibers are utilized in solvent recovery, air purification, water treatment, catalyst carrier and others industries. Various products in Europe’s activated charcoal fiber market are pitch based activated carbon fiber, polyacrylonitrile (pan) based activated carbon fiber and viscose staple based activated carbon fiber. Activated charcoal fiber in Europe market is geographically spread across Germany, Russia, UK, France, Italy and other regions. The leading manufacturers of activated charcoal fiber in Europe market are Toyobo, Kuraray, Unitika, Gunei Chem, Evertech Envisafe Ecology, Taiwan Carbon Technology, Awa Paper, HP Materials Solutions, Sutong Carbon Fiber, Jiangsu Tongkang, Anhui Jialiqi, Nantong Senyou, Kejing Carbon Fiber, Nantong Beierge, Nantong Yongtong, and Xintong ACF. Majority of the European manufacturers are investing heavily in research and development to improve activated carbon fiber cloth products.
Water treatment is the largest application of activated charcoal fibers in Europe because it is used in treatment of municipal waste water and other industrial processes. It is also used in the treatment of water in aquariums, groundwater remediation, and potable water. To meet the stringent industrial process requirements of water in beverage production, energy and life sciences, activated charcoal fibers are used. Environmental concerns are increasing due to the evolution in automobile and electronic sector paving way for more stringent environmental regulations in the country. Europe implementing stringent environmental regulations will witness a steady growth in activated charcoal fibers market over the next few years.
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