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. The result: greater adsorptivity and better performance, the company said.
"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," said Biogenic Reagents CEO Jim Mennell. "The results of third-party studies and commercial-scale trials now validate that belief."
Biogenic Reagents is also exploring new carbon products and markets, including high-energy thermal carbon used to supplement or replace coal and other solid fuels and metallurgical carbon for use in purification and production of iron and other metals.
"Our team is looking to replace coal-based carbons in everything from water filtration to building materials because our renewable biobased products cost less and have greater purity, delivering measurable performance and environmental advantages," said Mennell.
While specifics on whether this project spearheaded by the firm qualified for a Michigan Business Development Incentive grant was not immediately available, Michigan Renewable Carbon, a wholly owned subsidiary of Biogenetic Reagents, qualified for a $2 million state grant to help it convert an abandoned plant in Marquette County, Michigan, into a carbon biomass manufacturing facility.