Activated Carbons from Soyhull for Energy Products
Industrial UsesProcessing technologyRenewable energySoy hulls
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This is the first year of this project.
Lead Principal Investigator:
James Sternberg, Clemson University
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Brief Project Summary:
Our goal in this project is to utilize soyhulls for the production of a highly microporous AC material with an electrical charge storage capacity enabling its use in a high-use commodity batteries or supercapacitors. We will enhance the electronic structure of the AC, thereby enhancing its electrical conductivity for the highest energy storage performance. We will optimize the electrode composition and employ state-of-the-art electrolyte solutions to expand the operating voltage window for realizing the highest possible capacity.
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Final Project Results

This project year demonstrated the ability to produce soy hull activated carbon samples for interested commercial parties with a performance advantage of 50% over the leading commercial material. An activated carbon from soy hulls was produced using a larger scale kiln capable of processing 1 kg of soy hulls at a time. These samples were used to create electrodes for supercapacitors demonstrating superior performance. The end result of this project year is the ability to produce and supply batches for commercial validation using our commercialization partner, Luna Labs. Luna labs will use these samples to create a path to commercialization and find opportunities for licensing. Luna Labs will now take this project forward as principle investigator, focusing the efforts of this project on finding an agreement for commercial production.

Benefit To Soybean Farmers

The commercialization of the soy hull AC will bring a higher value to soy hulls and increase the value of U.S. soy as crushing capacity increases to meet the demand for biobased fuels and chemicals. This material will also establish a sustainable and biobased source for electrodes that will increase the reputation of U.S. soy as a sustainable solution for the electronics industry.

The United Soybean Research Retention policy will display final reports with the project once completed but working files will be purged after three years. And financial information after seven years. All pertinent information is in the final report or if you want more information, please contact the project lead at your state soybean organization or principal investigator listed on the project.