A provider of clean energy technology, National Clean Fuels (NACF) is currently developing a 10MW biomass plant in the US, Mississippi.
The $10 million (€7.7 million) project will gasify around 1 tonne of wood chips and sawdust hourly.
In September last year NACF and the city of Port Gibson signed a letter of intent to implement the production of renewable energy in and around the region. November then saw the Center of Environmental, Commerce and Energy sign a profit agreement with NACF in order to assist with the development and execution of the project.
‘I have been meeting with the top executives at the Center on a bimonthly basis for three months now, and we plan to continue meeting regularly until this project is completed,’ comments Stone. ‘We are pleased with our rate of progress thus far and will continue to work hard to help the state of Mississippi turn its natural resources into renewable sources of energy.’
NACF and the Center are currently working to finalise an interconnection agreement with the electrical grid and secure a power purchase agreement with local utility company Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association. It is hoped that the plant will generate an excess of electricity, which the companies will sell to the grid in Port Gibson.
But before the project breaks ground NACF needs to obtain a Clean Air Act permit and a Clean Water Act permit.
Speaking about attaining these permits Stone says: ‘Obtaining the proper permits and purchase agreements is key to making this plant a profitable endeavour for all involved. I have every confidence that we will achieve these milestones soon and begin planning the plant’s construction in earnest.’