Case study - From mines to the slopes

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Courtesy of ABUTEC LLC

At ABUTEC, the only thing we like more than having fun is helping OTHERS have fun!

That’s why we were excited about a project recently with the Oxbow Coal Mine in Somerset, Colo. For more than 100 years, Oxbow has been free-venting all of the methane from the mine, which ends up being approximately $1 million worth of fuel sent into the atmosphere with nothing to show for it.

However, Denver-based Vessels Coal Gas saw an opportunity for a unique partnership between Oxbow and Aspen Ski Resort. After installing co-generation units and flares to burn off the mine’s excess gas, the newly-generated energy was harnessed and used to power Aspen Ski Resort.

We call this a win-win situation, because harmful gasses aren’t being released into the atmosphere at the rate at which they had been, and Aspen Ski Resort has a much greener source of power.

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