LP Amina receives funding for feasibility study to upgrade North Dakota lignite
December 2015 – Bismarck, ND — LP Amina has been awarded $209,000 by North Dakota’s Lignite Vision 21 Program (LV21P) to assess the feasibility of employing proprietary technology, BenePlus, at a power facility near Beulah, ND. BenePlus, which upgrades low-rank coal and produces a valuable hydrocarbon product stream at substantially lower costs than traditional methods, would offer the State a new and novel approach to optimize its lignite resources with both economic and environmental benefits.
The 3 to 6 month feasibility study will include a techno-economic assessment, product qualification from LP Amina’s pilot facility in San Antonio, TX, and a fuel switch study to determine facility modifications needed to accommodate the technology. The results of the study will provide a road map to a full commercial facility.
LP Amina is optimistic that the successful deployment of BenePlus would be a substantial benefit to the state of North Dakota. “BenePlus has the potential to reduce North Dakota’s emissions footprint, generate quality jobs, extend the longevity and profitability of its lignite industry,” says LP Amina Founder and CEO Will Latta.
Additional matching funds and in-kind contributions for this study will be provided by LP Amina and a consortium of partners including Basin Electric Power Cooperative.
About LP Amina
LP Amina is a multinational environmental engineering company with offices in China and the United States. The company was founded in 2007 and since then has evolved from being a niche supplier of advanced pollution control technologies to Chinese coal-fired power plants to an integrated clean energy solutions provider to a wide range of industries globally, including gas-fired power generation, cement, pulp and paper and industrial chemicals. LP Amina’s technology platform consists of poly-generation solutions that co-produce electric power and high-value chemicals, bringing industries together to maximize the efficient use of the world’s natural resources.
About the Lignite Vision 21 Program
The Lignite Vision 21 Program (LV21P) is administered by the Lignite Energy Council and North Dakota Industrial Commission. The program funds lignite feasibility studies, small research projects, and demonstration projects and is the culmination of unprecedented commitment and cooperation among government agencies, elected leadership and the lignite industry.