Vega Biofuels to purchase timber, timber waste from The Timber Group to produce biocoal at its planned South Georgia plant; biocoal can be used in existing coal-fired power plants
February 8, 2011
– VEGA BIOFUELS, INC. (PINKSHEETS: VGPR) announced today that it has entered into an Agreement with The Timber Group, LLC to purchase various forms of timber and timber waste.
Vega recently announced its plans to build a manufacturing plant in South Georgia that when completed will produce green energy bio-coal for use in existing coal fired power plants.
Bio-coal is made from a process called "torrefaction." Torrefaction is a partial carbonization process that takes place at temperatures between 475 - 575º in a low temperature environment which makes the physical and energetic properties of the biomass much more comparable to traditional coal. The biomass is then compressed into briquettes to be sold to the end user. Torrefaction has the added benefit of reducing or eliminating undesirable volatiles, such as nitrous oxides and sulfur dioxides and is considered carbon neutral to the environment.
"This is a very important step in the process of manufacturing bio-coal," said Michael K. Molen, Chairman/CEO of Vega Biofuels. "The plant will require a tremendous amount of raw biomass on a daily basis. This Agreement resolves that issue. The Timber Group is very well connected in the Georgia timber industry and will be responsible for delivering the timber waste to our facility each day. We look forward to working with them as we move forward."