CCTI’s proven technology can eliminate moisture, reduce transportation costs, and minimize carbon footprint. CCTC’s Pristine M technology, which is expected to be commercial in Q4 2018, has the potential to revolutionize the coal industry and allow for the upgrading of billions of tons of coal around the world.
While there are many recognized benefits to removing moisture from coal, the historical problems with coal de-hydration are that when the moisture is removed from coal, coal becomes very friable, leading to re-absorption and spontaneous combustion. In addition, other dehydration technologies, such as briquetting and pelleting, have been very expensive with less than positive results. To date, CCTI’s technology is the only proven viable economic process for the
removal of moisture from coal while producing a stable and dust free end-product.
CCTC’s technology also deals with extraction of the volatiles in liquid form from lower ranking coals. Once the moisture is removed from the targeted coal, the liquid volatiles are used through an “absorption” process to fill the pores of the coal that has been dehydrated. Additional liquid volatiles are used through an adsorption process to coat the coal. The result is a dramatic improvement in the coal ranking through increased caloric value (BTU’s), and a stable low
moisture dust free feedstock for power generation. Removing moisture reduces shipping costs by weight and the delivery of less volume of higher ranking coals to meet the requirements of the end user. Increasing the coal ranking improves the market price and salability of coal. Using relatively inexpensive coal and upgrading its BTU ranking often creates an arbitrage between the disproportionate market prices of lower ranking coals versus their higher-ranking counterparts. The applications on most coals are very compelling, even bringing much higher value to stranded reserves, low ranking
coals, lignite, and high moisture coals that might not be saleable in current world coal market conditions.