Meridian Waste Solutions Plans For Minnesota Biomass Processing Facility

Solid waste services company Meridian Waste Solutions Inc. continued a flurry of recent activity with the announcement that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Attis Innovations (formerly Meridian Innovations), has initiated commercialization plans for its first biomass processing facility in Minnesota. Attis will immediately begin feedstock evaluation and assess potential locations for commercial scale operations. In the past […]

Solid waste services company Meridian Waste Solutions Inc. continued a flurry of recent activity with the announcement that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Attis Innovations (formerly Meridian Innovations), has initiated commercialization plans for its first biomass processing facility in Minnesota. Attis will immediately begin feedstock evaluation and assess potential locations for commercial scale operations.

In the past month Attis completed several acquisitions. It now holds an exclusive license to American Science Technology Corporation’s (AST) patents and AST’s biomass processing facility in Wausau, Wisc. Using the acquired intellectual property rights and personnel, Attis Innovations plans to take the next step and looks to build its first 60,000-ton per year commercial production facility in Minnesota.

“This is an exciting time for Attis, its shareholders and those looking to create jobs in rural America,” Meridian Waste CEO Jeff Cosman said in a statement. “We look forward to continued updates to our shareholders as we make progress.”

The AST technology uses organic solvents to separate the biomass into fractions in lieu of sodium-based solvents. These organic solvents can be recovered and reused without incineration, allowing for the recovery of nearly 100 percent of the biomass constituents. The cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin can all be recovered and converted into high-value materials whereas traditional methods only recover cellulose.

The company cited as an example that when used as a high-performance resin extender in thermoplastics, lignin brings a value of $600 to $2,000 per ton, depending on the performance requirements, substantially greater than the $50 per ton value when incinerated.

From Waste 360: http://www.waste360.com/organics/meridian-launches-commercialization-plans-biomass-processing-facility-minnesota

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