Biomass to Help Clean Up One of EU’s Most Polluting Countries

A newly formed business partnership is working to find a way to use biomass with legacy coal waste in a “super-fuel” blend to help clean up one of the most polluting coal countries in the European Union.

Biomass firm Active Energy sealed a joint venture agreement with Polish research firm Cobant to explore opportunities to commercialize Active Energy’s CoalSwitch coal additive in blends with reclaimed coal from slurry dumps in Upper Silesia, Poland.

Poland is the second largest coal producer in Europe, according to BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2017.

“Recently, much has been made of claims that Poland’s coal power pollution is negatively affecting its neighbors across the European Union,” Richard Spinks, CEO of Active Energy, said in a statement. “The group’s objective with this joint venture agreement with Cobant is to support this significant industry and regional employer in its efforts to meet its emissions targets and clean air requirements, whilst finding a use for their legacy and arising coal waste in a ‘Super Fuel’ blend.”

CoalSwitch is a direct drop-in coal replacement biomass fuel made from sawmill waste and forestry residue that can be mixed in any ratio with coal fines or completely replace coal in existing coal-fired power stations, without retrofit, according to Active Energy.

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