Patent approved for burning activated carbon at lower temperature

The technology mentioned in this article from the Lowell Sun seems more up Bruno's alley, but I'll take a crack at it.
Conventional wisdom used to agree that carbon burned at about 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. But one day five years ago, consultant Hugh McLaughlin noticed the activated carbon he had in his reactor was burning at about 500 degrees. He set out to figure out why and he has now received a patent for his method of burning this activated carbon at a lower temperature. He said he is excited that his method makes it likely that the cost of making purified air and water will be much cheaper cost than is currently possible. The exciting part for green auto technology buffs is that McLaughlin said this method also means ethanol and biodiesel makers will be able to turn their waste into energy and fertilizer, which means making it a revenue source instead of an expense. End result: cheaper biofuels.

[Source: Lowell Sun]

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