Vega Biofuels breaks ground on pilot torrefaction plant

By Vega Biofuels Inc. | October 15, 2014

Vega Biofuels Inc. recently announced that its joint venture with Agri-Tech Producers LLC has broken ground on its Allendale, South Carolina, pilot torrefaction plant.  

Vega recently announced it has entered into the joint venture to build and operate a pilot manufacturing plant in Allendale to produce bio-coal, among other torrefied products. When completed in the first quarter of 2015, the plant will use a patented torrefaction technology to produce the company's green-energy bio-coal product from plant and wood biomass, which will then be sold to power companies around the world. A clean and renewable alternative to traditional coal, bio-coal has a high energy density of up to 13,000 BTUs, and is a fuel that meets the EU's requirements and those of the renewable portfolio standards and renewable energy credits in the United States.

Michael K. Molen, chairman and CEO of Vega Biofuels,. stated, "We are happy to announce that construction has started at the Allendale plant. These pictures were taken a few days ago and show the site from the road as well as construction trailers on-site. We will post additional pictures on our website as construction continues."