Just an FYI...
I came across this at an electrical power trade show yesterday and thought it would interest this group. http://www.newearth1.net/
It seems like an interesting alternative for the power industry. I hope they are successful since in my simplistic mind it would mean more coal available to us home coal burners and our prices wouldn't go up. The guy I talked to said although they could, they don't currently have plans to sell to the public. Their business plan is to build a plant on or near the power plant and optimize the plant for the biomass that will be used to create the "coal". The thrust of the pitch I heard was the reduction in emissions and scrubber costs at the power plant. I don't know what the effect of the emissions at the mfg plant would be.
I asked how many plants they currently have and how many power plants they are currently supplying. From the song and dance I interpreted they are currently working with one power plant in a test mode using "coal" they produced at their test facility, not at a co-located mfg. site. So from that it seems this is a ways off from making any kind of impact.