AEG wins $500,000 grant to support North Carolina facility

By Erin Voegele | April 26, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Commerce recently awarded U.K.-based Active Energy Group plc a $500,000 grant to support the development of its CoalSwitch manufacturing site in Lumberton, North Carolina.

A statement released by the state’s department of commerce on April 18 indicates the grant was approved the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority. The $500,000 awarded to AEG will support the reuse of a 414,783-square-foot-bulding in Lumberton. The company plans to produce its biomass fuel product at the facility. The North Carolina Department of Commerce estimates the project will create 40 jobs.

On April 23, AEG announced the funding will support the re-use and renovation of the site where it plans to build its CoalSwitch plant. The company said the facility will be its first permanent production plant.

Active Energy acquired the site for the plant in late March. It includes up to 415,000 square feet of covered factory space and 151 acres of surrounding land. The facility is located adjacent to AEG joint venture partner Georgia Renewable Power LLC and in prime lumber districts from which the company will service feedstock to produce its CoalSwitch product, a biomass-based fuel that can be mixed with or replace coal.

On April 24, Active Energy Group announced that test reactors to produce its proprietary CoalSwitch product have arrived at the plant site in Lumberton. The company said the transfer of all the equipment from its Utah site is expected to be complete within eight weeks, which the closure of the Utah site scheduled for the end of May.