Permits Granted For Construction Of CoalSwitch Facility In Maine

Active Energy (AEG), an international biomass based renewable energy business, has announced Player Design, Inc. (PDI) has received the relevant permitting for the construction and operation of a CoalSwitch manufacturing facility at PDI’s site in Ashland, Maine.

The permit, granted by the Department of Environmental Protection in the State of Maine, will allow PDI to immediately commence the final stage of construction for the CoalSwitch production plant; and permit manufacturing operations at the CoalSwitch plant to commence. Under the terms of the Permit, PDI must provide certain additional data to the Department within an initial six-month period.

PDI has confirmed that construction of the CoalSwitch plant is due to be completed in the third quarter of 2023 with first production of CoalSwitch pellets being available for delivery to AEG’s potential customers during the same quarter. The initial annual production volumes anticipated by PDI remain at a target rate of 35,000 tons per year and AEM will make any CoalSwitch produced available for delivery to the identified customers in the U.S. and in Europe.

Tyler Player, President of Player Design, Inc., says, “I am grateful for the support from the State of Maine for all their efforts to ensure a successful conclusion to the permit applications for our facility at Ashland. The project will now move to the final phase of construction and assembly. I look forward to making the first deliveries of fuel to Active Energy in the coming months, and I am confident we will be able to provide the operating data to the State of Maine which will allow for permanent operation of the CoalSwitch plant.”

In conjunction with the developments at the Ashland facility, AEG continues to receive increasing inquiries for the CoalSwitch technology.

Michael Rowan, CEO of Active Energy, comments, “We are delighted that PDI has received the permit, which will allow them to commence production of our next generation biomass fuel, CoalSwitch. Active Energy has continued to raise the profile of CoalSwitch with potential customers, both in the U.S. and internationally, and will be sending product to these customers immediately after first production. We look forward to working closely with PDI towards production and we would also like to thank the State of Maine for their ongoing support throughout this process.”

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