A UK firm is planning to this year deliver the first facility in Europe capable of turning a wastewater plant’s sewage into a source of ‘carbon neutral’, clean burning biocoal. The process for turning organic matter into carbon neutral biocoal may be over 100 years old, but could it be about to enjoy a commercial breakthrough that promises to slash carbon emissions from sewage plants and waste streams around the world? That is certainly the hope of UK-based biofuel and waste to energy developer Antaco, which is poised to this year deliver its first full scale biocoal production system to an unnamed wastewater processing plant in central Europe. To date coal power plants that are looking to deliver deep emissions cuts have two options: shut down or convert to make use of biomass – Drax power station being perhaps the most well-known example of the conversion strategy here in the UK. But the use of biomass by thermal power stations is itself a highly divisive issue amongst environmental campaigners, with some arguing it can deliver low carbon baseload power and others attacking the technology for allegedly driving deforestation. Hall reckons biocoal could one day provide an alternative option.
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