Recovery of Potassium from Pyrolysis Product of Sugar Fabrication Waste Carbonation Cake and Vinasse Mixture and Production of Adsorbent for Wastewater Treatment


Sugar Tech, vol.26, no.2, pp.478-488, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12355-024-01364-6
  • Journal Name: Sugar Tech
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, CAB Abstracts, Food Science & Technology Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.478-488
  • Keywords: Pyrolysis, Potassium recovery, Vinasse, Methylene blue adsorption, Carbonation cake
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, percolation tests with water were carried out on the products that were subjected to pyrolysis and obtained in order to carbonize the organics in the vinasse carbonation cake mixtures. For this purpose, the mixtures prepared from the concentrated vinasse supplied from Sugar Factory and the carbonation cake supplied from Sugar Factory were heated at 500 °C for 4 h, and the extractability and dissolution rate of potassium into water were determined by leaking water over the products. The ability of the residue to remove methylene blue from the aquatic environment was determined. It should be emphasized that the solid residue from the potassium extraction has a considerable amount (289–370 mg/g) and a basic dye removal capacity greater than that of the raw carbonation cake (208 mg/g). COD value in the extract of the pyrolysis product with a cake/vinasse ratio of 0.5 was determined as 970 mg/l with a significant increase. The methylene blue removal capacity of the extraction residue samples obtained in this group of experiments decreases as the dry cake–vinasse ratio increases. It should be emphasized that the composite product obtained by taking advantage of these results can be actively used in the production of compound fertilizer.