$50 Million Arizona Project Makes Clean Fuel From Wood Waste

A Scottsdale, Ariz., company hopes to use its proprietary technology to produce semi-refined diesel from coal derived from wood waste at a proposed facility in Snowflake, Ariz. The company, Frontier Applied Sciences, hopes to begin construction of a prototype production facility next to an existing biomass plant owned by Novo BioPower. The venture project will […]

A Scottsdale, Ariz., company hopes to use its proprietary technology to produce semi-refined diesel from coal derived from wood waste at a proposed facility in Snowflake, Ariz.

The company, Frontier Applied Sciences, hopes to begin construction of a prototype production facility next to an existing biomass plant owned by Novo BioPower.

The venture project will cost about $50 million and could create as many as 260 jobs, according to Mark Lewis, a company spokesman.

Frontier will process the fuel in a 40 megawatt coal plant using a “continuous-flow” technology — unlike the more common batch process — to produce energy without destroying all of the coal in the process.

Joe Witherspoon, Frontier’s chief technology officer, said in a press release that the process, called FASForm, is cheaper and can produce various kinds of fuels. “Our process is unique in its ability to not destroy the carbon used for power generation and yet continuously and profitably produce different liquid fuels,” Witherspoon said in the release. “The process is relatively low-cost compared to other alternative energy technologies as it is low-pressure and uses only moderate temperature. We can, for the first time, process materials like biomass, coal, lignite and oil sands continuously with a unique approach to product recovery. This is a major breakthrough.”

From the Daily Times: http://www.daily-times.com/four_corners-news/ci_28227046/50-million-arizona-project-makes-clean-fuel-from

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