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Clean Coal Technologies set to revolutionize coal industry with its breakthrough dehydration technology

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  • Developing world’s first commercially viable and scalable coal dehydration technology that creates stable, dust-free coal
  • The University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources has validated the company’s Pristine-M technology
  • It has signed several license agreements for its coal upgrading technology

What Clean Coal Technologies does:

Clean Coal Technologies Inc (OTCMKTS:CCTC) is developing the world’s first commercially viable and scalable coal dehydration technology that creates stable, dust-free coal.

The Madison Avenue, New York-based company’s patented Pristine-M technology puts low-quality coal through a mild gasification process, removing moisture as well as coal’s worst pollutants. Along with producing more energy than untreated coal, the refined product also produces fewer harmful emissions when burned, including carbon dioxide, sulfur and mercury. The technology, developed over ten years, has undergone rigorous testing.

The technology applies controlled heat to extract pollutants and moisture from low-rank coal, transforming it into a cleaner-burning fuel. The coal cleaning process ensures the carbon in coal maintains its structural integrity during the heating process, while the volatile matter — often polluting heavy metals — turns into liquids and gas and escapes the coal.

The technology is handy as deposits with high moisture coal emit less energy than low moisture coal. Think about trying to burn wet logs to warm a room. You need more logs and it takes longer. The same applies to coal. The higher the moisture content of coal, the more coal power plants need to consume.

On the other hand, the processed stabilized coal reduces the carbon footprint on the environment by burning efficiently and averts dust pollution during transport. According to the company, tests show a 33% increase in heating value which means a coal power plant will need to consume less coal to achieve the same energy output.

In addition to Pristine-M, the company has a portfolio which includes its legacy technology, Pristine, which is designed to remove moisture and volatile matter, as per client-specified requirements, rendering cleaner thermal coal. Similarly, Pristine-SA is a technology designed to remove volatile matter in coal feedstock to achieve stable combustion by co-firing it with natural gas.

A sophisticated rotary kiln will be used across all three of the company’s patented coal dehydration technology processes — Pristine, Pristine-M, and Pristine-SA. The company said the rotary kiln has been designed in a manner that will enable the company to “automatically extract by-products from coal.”

The new kiln will enable the company’s test facility to double its heating capability to in excess of 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit. This will enable the company to access all the very valuable chemicals in the coal as well as many other important bye-products potentially adding an entirely new revenue stream for the coal industry.

The sophisticated rotary kiln will now be used across all three of the company’s patented coal dehydration technology processes — Pristine, Pristine-M, and Pristine-SA.

How is it doing:

Clean Coal Technologies has been quiet so far in 2021.

The company’s last statement was in September 2020 when it announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) formalizing its partnership with Energy Capital Economic Development in Gillette, Wyoming.  The ECED enables legislative, local and state economic development in order to encourage private sector growth of companies to therefore stimulate economic benefit, the company said.

A month earlier, Clean Coal announced that it had received the delivery of its $1.4 million rotary kiln which will be used with its patented coal dehydration technology to create stable, dust-free coal at its Fort Union test facility near Gillette, Wyoming.

The company said the fabrication of the rotary kiln was completed in Canada and finally arrived at the facility on August 6 and had been installed.

In October 2019, Clean Coal said it had begun the assembly of their test facility at their Fort Union site. The 2nd generation facility will incorporate new features and designs following the successful testing of its process in Oklahoma.

The changes were the result of close collaboration between the company’s engineers and the University of Wyoming’s (UofWY) School of Energy Research, who partnered with the company in 2017 to help optimize its technology for coal beneficiation and for the extraction of coal byproducts – critical issues facing the PRB coal-producing region.

The UofWY’s School of Energy Research is one of the world’s leading research institutions in energy technology, particularly in the development of coal beneficiation and byproduct extraction. 

Inflection points:

  • Establishing Pristine-M technology commercially in the Powder River Basin
  • Upside potential in manufacturing valuable byproducts as a consequence of the coal-beneficiation process
  • Japan, South Korea, Mexico and Australia have granted full patents to the Pristine technology enabling work on partnerships with government institutions and commercial entities in the countries

What the boss says:

In the September 2020 statement, Clean Coal COO Aiden Neary commented: “We are very proud to announce that CCTI has formally signed an MOU with ECED who are the owner and operator of the Wyoming Innovation Center based at the Fort Union location in Gillette, Wyoming.”

He added: “This partnership will provide us with infrastructural support when necessary as we advance our first-of-a-kind technology at our Fort Union location,” Neary said. “The Innovation Center is a very unique initiative and reflects the continued support by Wyoming in advancing the use of Wyoming PRB coal through technology.”

“With the arrival of our $1.3 million Rotary Kiln at our site last month this partnership will provide our ability to supply processed coal feedstock to other businesses in the Industrial park and enable us to share infrastructure as we move towards being fully operational at our new facility,” Neary said.

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