Clean-tech company Biogenic Reagents begins commercial production of its new ultra-absorptive carbon products made from wood feedstock; company's products have 50% greater absorptive capacity than similar coal-based products

Allison Oesterle

Allison Oesterle

Aug 13, 2013 – Globe Newswire

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota , August 5, 2013 (press release) – Better Able to Purify Air and Water and Outperform Traditional Activated Carbons Made From Coal

Biogenic Reagents ("Biogenic"), a leading manufacturer of high-performance carbon and producer of over a half dozen leading-edge patent-pending carbon technologies, today announced it has begun commercial production of new Ultra-Adsorptive Carbon ("UAC") products. UAC products are made from renewable biomass, outperform existing coal-based products and are expected to displace the use of traditional activated carbon products for air and water purification.

Biogenic will manufacture UACs at its state-of-the-art Marquette, Michigan facility, which is the largest advanced biocarbon production facility in the United States. The innovative facility uses renewable energy and has the smallest environmental impact per unit of production of any activated carbon producer in the world.

Activated carbon is commonly made from coal and is processed to create a highly porous material for use in removing impurities from liquids and gases. Biogenic's new commercial process produces a graphene-carbon compound from a wood feedstock that has approximately 50% greater adsorptive capacity than typical coal-based activated carbon products available in the market today, according to laboratory testing.

James Mennell, Chief Executive Officer of Biogenic, said, "Biogenic is a pioneer in low cost, high-performance carbon products that conserve and improve air and water quality and the environment. We are excited to introduce our new Ultra-Adsorptive Carbon products for a wide range of customers and uses. Most graphene produced today is made from fossil fuels and is produced in very small amounts. Our new UAC products can be produced on a commercial scale and are proven to better purify food, water and air than current activated carbon and will enhance the lives of end-consumers on a global basis. At Biogenic, we don't waste water, we purify it."

Dan Despen, Biogenic's Chief Technology Officer, said, "Graphene is considered a 'material of the future,' and at Biogenic, we are producing and using it today. Our UACs have greater adsorptive capacity than products currently in the market, and because of our proprietary process and inexpensive feedstock, our company can produce the UACs for less than the cost of coal-based products. Importantly, unlike other major producers of activated carbon that use and discharge millions of gallons of water each year, production of Biogenic's new graphene-carbon products does not create any wastewater."

Mennell added, "In addition to the financial backing from our partner, MVC Capital, Inc., which we recently closed on, we plan on expanding our Michigan production facility and will be better positioned to develop and commercialize new environmental technologies that will reduce our customers' costs and benefit the environment."

About Biogenic Reagents

Biogenic Reagents is a developer and producer of versatile, high-performance carbon products made from renewable resources. The company offers less expensive, higher-performing and cleaner alternatives to traditional coal-based carbon products. Privately held, Biogenic Reagents is headquartered in Minnesota with a production facility in Michigan. More information about Biogenic can be found at

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