`Green Coal` – a chance for climate protection in the UK


Source: Freesen & Partner GmbH

'Magic coal from the steam cooker'. The 'quick coal' as a new energy for the 21st century offers the UK a great chance in order to generate energy and to reduce CO2 emissions – a German company is holder of the patent and will present the new and efficient technology on January 26 and 27 at the EBW UK in London.

London, 14 January 2010 – 'Green Coal' Gco(c) is the key solution for serious contemporary energy and environmental problems: the 'raw material of the future' provides answers to the energy issues of the 21st century as well as new hope when it comes to climate protection. A Germany-based company located in Bavaria will start up a first manufacturing plant for the 'magic coal from the steam cooker' in the South of Germany in 2010. For the UK, the 'quick coal' might also be a great opportunity as a new domestic energy source of the 21st century. The G+R Technology Group, one of Germany's market leaders in the field of green future technologies will now build the first industrial production plant for biocoal.

It took nature millions of years – by means of simple chemical processings mankind is in the meantime capable to solve the issue within just a few hours: biowastes, crop residues and organic wastes result in highly efficient combustibles, at the same time offering a profitable benefit to the environment. Compared to brown or black coal, the 'Green Coal' Gco(c) is completely CO2-neutral and will contribute to a considerable reduction of CO2 emissions.

Fossile energy sources such as gas, oil and coal are finite, expensive, make us dependent and strongly impact the environment. Renewable energies therefore presently face a boom, also in the UK. The green active coal might be a genuine alternative to solar cells, wind turbines and others. The Green Coal Gco(c) production process was for the first time described in 1913 by the German chemist and Nobel laureate Friedrich Berguis. Recently it was rediscovered by the Max-Planck-Institute and is currently considered as alternative hope for the future when it comes to climate. The production process – the so-called Hydrothermal Carbonisation (HTC) in technical terms – is simple in principle and reminds you of cooking: all kinds of organic biomass are put into a kind of steam cooker, water is added as kind of converter and finally the mixture is heated. After a couple of hours the Green Coal Gco(c) emerges.

A further advantage of this method compared to other synthetic coal production processes : all organic residues and biowastes might be processed, even animal wastes and sewage sludges. Furthermore, the production process is a comparatively low-energy one and, what is even more important: compared to other production processes such as the one for biogas, the polluting greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is secondary when it comes to the extraction of the reaction product Green Coal Gco(c) by means of a 'boiling process'.

There are various fields of application for this new process. The heating value of biogenic residues including leftovers or domestic wastes was of very limited use up to now. A large quantity of these wastes is still deposited and thus wasted. The Hydrothermal Carbonisation (HTC) is a biomass conversion process with highest carbon efficiency into a new raw material and sets the course for an entire energy extraction from biomass and all kinds of organic wastes. 'It is obvious that green, eco-friendly heat and electricity will be extracted from Green Coal Gco(c), this is what Robert Stoecklinger, CEO of the G+R Technology Group in Regenstauf, Bavaria, Germany and Dr. Dominik Peus, CEO of the Antaco GmbH say.

A conversion into Green Coal Gco(c) and heat. Thus, all biowastes result in high-quality raw materials (combustibles). Compared to composting, the Hydrothermal Carbonisation (HTC) process has some decisive advantages: on the one hand, during the composting process using microbes, large quantities of carbon of the basic material (more than 90%) are converted into CO2  and methane compared to about 40 to 50% for biogas. During the Hydrothermal Carbonisation (HTC) on the other hand, only very little CO2  is released, making it 80% more efficient compared to biogas through fermentation - a real profit for the climate. The vision for the future of Green Coal Gco(c) might be revolutionary – and might largely contribute to solve the CO2  problem. What is remarkable in this context is the profitability compared to alternative processes. G+R will start up a pioneer plant for Green Coal Gco(c) in Bavaria, Germany in 2010. According to Mr. Stoecklinger, such plants will also be launched in the UK and could be commissioned as early as 2011/2012.

The future belongs to 'GreenTech'. In times of natural resources running low, the significance of new innovative technologies whose sustainability intensifies from day to day, increases. There is currently no other branch for which economic experts predict such enormous growth rates like for the sector of environmental and sustainability technologies. The global market volume for eco-friendly technologies will more than reduplicate until 2020, according to current data.

The G+R Technology Group is one of the most innovative enterprises throughout Europe in this field and works closely together with one of the globally leading tech companies in order to find the right answers to the challenges of the future. Long-lasting solutions as well as the processing of top quality raw materials guarantee the success of our customers.

On the occasion of the exhibition and conference 'Energy from Biomass and Waste UK' (EBW UK) on January 26 to 27, 2010 in London (Royal Horticultural Halls, booth no. 102), the G+R Technology Group will for the first time present their projects and processes concerning the subject 'Green Coal' Gco(c) to the public.

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