Proton Power Shares West Virginia Biofuel Plant Details

PPD of WV One is putting together the final financial pieces of the puzzle, in hopes of breaking ground on its new biofuel plant near Sam Black Church this spring, according to company official Jason Perry. Perry spoke about the $73 million project for more than 40 minutes at a Greenbrier County Commission meeting Tuesday […]

PPD of WV One is putting together the final financial pieces of the puzzle, in hopes of breaking ground on its new biofuel plant near Sam Black Church this spring, according to company official Jason Perry. Perry spoke about the $73 million project for more than 40 minutes at a Greenbrier County Commission meeting Tuesday evening, addressing an audience of around 30 people.

In addition to promising 100 jobs “off the bat” at the plant, Perry described the process that will be used to turn wood waste into diesel fuel and biochar as remarkably environmentally friendly. “The site itself is basically benign,” he said, noting there will be no smokestacks, no open flames.

“We’re not trying to burn anything,” he said. “It’s a completely closed system. There’s no way for gases to escape.” Using electricity, Proton Power’s patented process heats the wood waste to 1,600 degrees celsius, thereby vaporizing the solids and creating hydrogas, Perry said.

The plant is expected to produce 6.5 million gallons of diesel fuel and 7,200 tons of biochar — which is primarily used as fertilizer — each year, according to Perry.

By using wood waste already produced in great quantity by the state’s forestry industry, Perry said, the biofuel plant will keep the material out of landfills, thereby solving an environmental problem.

From The Register-Herald: http://www.register-herald.com/news/company-official-shares-biofuel-plant-details/article_9f26fb9e-f60f-5a93-b8d6-3ed9f62e19c0.html

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