Keywords: coal waste, fly ash, transportation costs, clean coal by-products, market feasibility, building products, wood by-products, construction materials, acid mine drainage, land reclamation, waste management, environmental management, recycling, reuse
Transportation and market feasibility analysis for innovative coal combustion by-products: WoodBrik in Greenbrier County, West Virginia
This paper outlines a transportation and market feasibility study performed in support of Western Greenbrier Co-Generation, LLC's participation in the first Department of Energy Clean Coal Initiative. Western Greenbrier Co-Generation, LLC is a unique company formed by three local city councils to support the development of clean coal technologies in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The study evaluates the transportation costs and production feasibility of WoodBrik as a prime building product constructed from Class C fly ash from a co-located power facility. WoodBrik also requires wood product by-products, a common by-product of the wood products industry, which enjoys a heavy presence in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. In addition to providing feasible clean coal power production (through value added in the construction material), this site is located on the State of West Virginia's worst state-controlled acid mine drainage site, which will be reclaimed as part of this production activity. This study finds the production of WoodBrik to be economically feasible in this location.