Hydrothermal carbonization for hydrochar production and its application

Shicheng Zhang, Xiangdong Zhu, Shaojie Zhou, Hua Shang, Jiewen Luo, Daniel C.W. Tsang

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This chapter introduces the hydrothermal carbonization of biomass for hydrochar production and its applications. It starts from production of hydrochar with the influence parameters of feedstock, reaction temperature, reaction time, and catalyst. Hydrochar properties, such as heating value, chemical properties, microcrystalline structure, and surface morphology, have been discussed. Following that, the environmental impact of hydrochar on soil physical characteristics, chemical characteristics, biological characteristics, and the plant growth were reviewed. Modification of hydrochar and its further application for climate change mitigation, pollution control, and remediation, and energy storage were also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiochar from Biomass and Waste
Subtitle of host publicationFundamentals and Applications
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780128117293
ISBN (Print)9780128117309
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Biochar
  • Biomass
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Energy storage
  • Hydrochar
  • Hydrothermal carbonization
  • Pollution control
  • Pollution remediation
  • Soil remediation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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