Active Energy forms JV to instal 3 CoalSwitch units in US

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October 15 (Renewables Now) - Active Energy Group Plc (LON:AEG) said today it has set up a joint venture (JV) with Georgia Renewable Power LLC (GRP) of the US that will install facilities to produce AEG's CoalSwitch biomass fuel at GRP's power plants.

The first installation will be at the plant in Lumberton, North Carolina. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. This project will make use of some equipment owned by AEG at its site in Utah. CoalSwitch facilities will then be built over the coming 36 months at each of GRP's other biomass-to-energy power plants in Carnesville, Georgia and Colbert, Georgia, which are currently under construction. The three power plants have a combined capacity of 165 MW.

At Lumberton, the JV, called Active Energy Renewable Power LLC and equally owned by the partners, plans to reach CoalSwitch production of 10 tonnes per hour during the first half of 2019, while the other two units will have a capacity of 25 tonnes per hour each.

The JV will take advantage of GRP's steam and drying infrastructure at its power plants and its surplus biomass feedstock. Overall, it aims to install up to 100 tonnes per hour of CoalSwitch production facilities in the region.

The partners will also explore poultry litter for biomass fuel to create LitterSwitch.    

"This agreement will shorten the time scales for large scale commercialisation of our CoalSwitch and PeatSwitch products and will also allow AEG to benefit from the experience and the presence of our partner GRP, thus strengthening our capabilities in the next operational phase of our business plan," said Active Energy chief executive Michael Rowan.

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