Active Energy Group plc has developed CoalSwitch, the world’s first drop-in biomass fuel, which can be mixed at any ratio with coal, or completely replace it in existing coal powered plants.
Active Energy Group has now begun construction of its first production facility in North America following recent testing and endorsement by Rocky Mountain Power, part of PacifiCorp, a major US utility. CoalSwitch can be added without the need for expensive retrofitting. Rocky Mountain’s testing proved that it behaves better than coal in every respect in the handling of feedstock to the power station as a drop-in replacement for coal. Rocky Mountain will conduct commercial testing of the CoalSwitch product at one of its Utah facilities as soon as production of product from the new reference plant commences.
In order to expedite construction of this 35,000 tonne per annum North American facility, Active Energy has delivered a $6 million five-year unsecured loan facility.
“This is a landmark moment for AEG” said Richard Spinks, Chief Executive Officer of Active Energy. “The funding unlocks our ability to commercialise our revolutionary and proven CoalSwitch technology and will enable us to generate meaningful revenues within the USA, which is set to be one of our core geographic markets. Additionally, we are delighted with RMP’s public support for our product. Not only is it positive in terms of our future relationship with RMP but we anticipate that this will aid our ongoing discussions with other potential customers going forward.”
Mr Spinks added that due to its ability to enable coal-fired power stations to meet strict green regulations without the need for expensive retrofit programmes traditionally required to accommodate biomass feedstock, Active Energy believes CoalSwitch to be a ground-breaking product in the market. The company will be providing further details and timescales regarding the development of the product in the coming months.