Biogenic Reagents opens renewable carbon facility in Michigan, US

Biogenic Reagents opens renewable carbon facility in Michigan, US

7:46 AM, 17th November 2012
Biogenic Reagents opens renewable carbon facility in Michigan, US

MINNEAPOLIS, US: Biogenic Reagents, a new producer of high-value carbon products from renewable biomass, has completed construction and initiated commercial production at its $30 million facility in Marquette, Michigan. The company’s leadership team of clean-tech industry experts developed and advanced a platform technology to create proprietary renewable carbon products that cost less and perform better than existing coal-based products.

The company’s flagship production facility has the capacity to process 300,000 tonne per year of biomass into carbon products. The facility is creating more than 40 direct jobs, with military veterans filling more than one-third of those jobs, and is projected to create and support more than 100 jobs in the local forestry, wood products, transportation and construction industries.

Initial products include activated carbon with applications for air and water purification and control of mercury and other emissions from power plants. Unlike most activated carbon products for mercury control that are made from coal, Biogenic Reagents’ products are derived from renewable biomass. Biomass not only is renewable and costs less than coal, it contains significantly less ash and other contaminants than coal-based products.

“Based on our knowledge and experience with mercury emissions and how to best control them, we believed there was an opportunity to introduce a lower cost and higher performing product into the marketplace. The results of third-party studies and commercial-scale trials now validate that belief,” said Jim Mennell, CEO, Biogenic Reagents.

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