Waste-derived pellet fuel manufacturing facility planned for 2015

By Katie Fletcher | December 08, 2014

Engineered Carbon Solutions is a company in Norwich, Connecticut, that manufactures a hybrid pellet fuel called Frog City Fuel made with recycled biomass material and coal for the pellet stove market. The pursuit of a mid-size manufacturing facility is currently underway in southeast Connecticut with a projected construction date in the second quarter of 2015.

ECS recently announced three entities have stepped forward and offered over $1 million in property, grants/loans and property tax abatement. ECS also stated discussions are being had with a company regarding a well-maintained facility in the sought after location. According to a release, the building facility would make an ideal location for the potential manufacturing facility, cementing their position as an equity partner if completed.

The host town offered a tax abatement program further reducing projected operating costs. State officials have also begun a process of committing as much as $400,000 in grants and loans, and expressed excitement about the prospect of a new startup in Connecticut. “We continue to put the pieces together to complete the funding of the manufacturing facility,” said Michael Curtis, CEO of ECS in a statement. “We are not yet at our goal, but these commitments can be leveraged into larger capital funding by outside private equity concerns, an ongoing effort.”

Frog City Fuel is made in America from American-sourced recycled materials. The pellet fuel can burn in pellet stoves, boilers and commercial furnaces. The company has a commercial pellet formulation that combines anthracite coal with more than 70 percent post-consumer biomass product to create a high yielding pellet fuel.  It differs from wood pellets in that post-consumer materials, rather than forest biomass, are collected and combined to create the pellet at two-thirds the price of premium wood pellets, according to the company. The process is patent-pending, but utilizes waste stream materials into a pellet product containing the same Btu content as premium pellets.