ZeaChem searches for a greener coal

June 30, 2011

Colorado-based ZeaChem is due to begin production at its new cellulosic ethanol factory in Boardman this fall, converting poplar trees into fuel, chemicals and plastic products for global markets.

But that’s not all ZeaChem is planning to do in Boardman. CEO James Imbler says ZeaChem is investigating ways to help Portland General Electric “green up” its Boardman coal plant with a biomass coal replacement made from poplar wood. “It’s [a highly efficient] product, very good quality, with a consistency that makes it very attractive for some kind of combustion,” says Imbler. Read more>>>>