National Carbon – BioCarbon

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National Carbon – BioCarbon

Company Description:

National Carbon are a leader in production of high value carbon products from renewable biomass. They operate the largest advanced biocarbon production facility in North America with capacity to convert hundreds of thousands of tons of biomass into patented carbon products.

Technology Description:

The National Carbon patented process allows production of tailored Bioenergy Carbon products to meet and improve upon specifications of current fuels. The advantages include:

High Energy Value

Bioenergy Carbon products have equivalent or higher energy value than traditional coals or biomass fuels

No Capital Modifications

May be used in most coal burning facilities with no or minimal capital modifications  

Reduced Emissions and Improved Sustainability

Bioenergy Carbon products reduce CO2, SO2, NOX and mercury emissions and improve sustainability when used with or in place of coal

National Carbon 1 Imation Way Oakdale, MN USA (651) 330-4063 Visit Company Website

Technology Type

  • Hydrothermal Carbonization


  • Others
  • Service Provider


  • Concentrated Nutrients
  • Other


  • GHG
  • Odor
  • Pathogens
  • Phosphorous
  • Storage

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Technology Strengths, Weaknesses and Critical Indicators

Hydrothermal Carbonization:

  • May produce a salable product in the form of hydrochar, a product similar to biochar
  • Hydrochar does not yet have an established, stable commercial market in the United States
  • There is variation of operational intensity by site and by technology, many technologies require pairing with other technologies to offer a comprehensive manure management solution
  • There is significant variation of cost depending on site and by technology
  • Proven technology for phosphorous recovery, storage reduction, GHG reduction, odor control and pathogen reduction but not widely adopted
  • This technology may lose nitrogen to the atmosphere

Newtrient Comments/Opinions:

National Carbon has recently been added to the technology catalog, Newtrient will continue to work with them to further refine the cost and performance information, publishing it and updating the 9-Point score as information becomes available and as new commercial dairy installations come online.

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