CoalSwitch plant impacted by COVID-19

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By Rubina Obaid

www.asianbiomass.com
AEG to enter into the saw logging export market and commencement of operations on main site at Lumberton, North Carolina. This will further improve the revenue opportunities for the company. According to the company, the extension of the comment period has been issued in response to the upcoming meeting which was scheduled for the 16th of March and eventually got canceled due to unprecedented circumstances wreaked by a novel coronavirus.

Active energy group, a UK based power plant announced on 30th March, that proposed CoalSwitch plant in Lumberton North Carolina, has been postponed to April 27 due to coronavirus outbreak. AEG has been entered into an agreement and announced the following day that it will acquire 100 percent ownership of the law mill and the saw logging export activities at the Lumberton site. The London quoted renewable energy business focused on biomass through sustainable energy production. The joint venture agreement with renewable logistics suppliers of sawlog, pulpwood, and woodchips to domestic and international markets. AEG has further agreed that to perform the services predetermined in the joint venture will require installing additional equipment including trucks, tipper and wheel loaders.

It will enable AEG to enter into the saw logging export market and commencement of operations on the main site at Lumberton, North Carolina. This will further improve the revenue opportunities for the company. According to the company, the extension of the comment period has been issued in response to the upcoming meeting which was scheduled for the 16th of March and eventually got canceled due to unprecedented circumstances wreaked by novel coronavirus. CoalSwitch plant impacted by COVID-19. The company proclaimed that the North Carolina Division of Air Quality will continue to accept public comments on the draft that was authorized before final action. As the previous extension has been granted through the 27th of March.

The site will allow the expansion in the US, material handling within Lumberton for AEG. Lumberton will serve as an initial operating site and transportation services for delivery of the production of sawlogs and wood pallets for the customers in the U.S. The company is looking for a permit that would allow the Lumberton plant to produce 5 metric tons per hour of the CoalSwith products. AEG considers it an important milestone and looking forward to utilizing the revenue stream from the Lumberton plant for future development. It will add a great help in establishing an additional source for feedstock supply for boosting pelletized fuel source. Active Energy CoalSwitch technology is enabled to produce high calorific and high bulk density biomass pellets which are primarily produced from forestry waste and other industrial cellulose waste products. 

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The product can be fired in an existing coal-fired plant with coal, at any ratio up to 100 percent. According to the permit documents plant would receive dry wood chips and feedstock, those chips will then be pressure cooked using steam from the natural gas-fired boiler. The steam explosion process will be used in this pressure cooker to separate the cellulosic materials from hemicellulosic material and terpene chemicals in the wood. Whereas, wet cellulosic material from the pressure cooker will be set to a screw press for further dewatering before sending it to the pellet press. Finally, the finished pellets will then be processed through a gas-fired dryer to remove any residual surface moisture before getting it transported through conveyor to a pellet storage bin. Low-value waste products will be produced at the site and then will further be used to produce CoalSwitch and other black pellet fuels.

Reference link:

https://biomassmagazine.com/articles/16943/permitting-process-for-aeg-coalswitch-plant-impacted-by-covid-19

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