Julian McIntyre tells House Committee on Natural Resources that Arq will clean up coal waste, producing more from less
Founder and CEO Julian McIntyre today outlined Arq’s radical approach to producing the lowest-cost hydrocarbons on the planet to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources.
Mr. McIntyre spoke at the Oversight Hearing ‘Assessing Innovative and Alternative Uses of Coal’ which was chaired by Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Ranking Member, Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-CA).
The Oversight Hearing was convened in the wake of a recent boom in export opportunities for U.S. coal, alongside the development of new technology to turn coal into other products.
In his well-received presentation to the Committee, Julian stated that Arq, “intends to produce the lowest cost hydrocarbons on the planet by transforming coal waste into pure energy.”
He went on to explain:
“A billion tons of fine particle coal is thrown away every year because it can’t be stored or transported. This is discarded energy, and an environmental liability…
“Coal by nature is an impure source of energy… That means that the industry is extracting, transporting and burning vast quantities of material that creates no electricity and increases costs and pollution…
“We think it makes more sense to clean up existing coal waste and completely remove the impurities before combustion…
“We’re are building our first plant now in Kentucky…
“We plan to build over 50 plants in the next 7 years, equivalent to producing a million barrels of oil a day.”
In a Q&A following the presentations, Congressman Gosar challenged those who had presented to the committee on whether any of them had proposals on how to mitigate environmental effects of coal. Julian confirmed that Arq’s technology was reducing pollution and emissions from coal in three ways: first, by cleaning up coal waste with private dollars; second, by creating energy without extraction (15% of emissions coming from extraction); and third, by removing dirt and water from coal before combusting it.
Watch the video recording of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, ‘Assessing Innovative and Alternative Uses of Coal‘.
For more information about Arq or to see the film which was played to the Committee following the presentation, visit the Arq homepage.
Entech group Arq has signed landmark deals with both Vitol and Peabody to advance its novel technology and has raised over $50 million of new equity at a valuation of over a half-billion dollars (US).
For almost 100 years, the energy industry has struggled to find a cost-effective way of upgrading coal into oil. Arq Technology™ represents a major breakthrough in this field, achieved by inventing a low-cost mechanical process for treating coal as a micro-particle system. The resulting product, Arq Fuel™, is a new energy source which is ideal for blending directly into oil products without the need for expensive liquefaction.
Arq has partnered with Vitol to distribute Arq Fuel™ globally. Vitol is the world’s largest independent oil trader, trading over 7 million barrels of crude oil and products a day. Vitol will blend Arq Fuel™ into fuel oil and crude oil. Vitol will work to position Arq Fuel™ as a low-cost blending component with specific customers. These are initially envisaged to include consumers of fuel oil and, subject to ongoing testing, oil refineries.
Arq has also partnered with Peabody, the leading global pure-play coal company and a member of the Fortune 500, serving power and steel customers in more than 25 countries on six continents. The company offers significant scale, high-quality assets, and diversity in geography and products. Together, Arq and Peabody will work to identify Peabody mine sites where Arq technology can be deployed.
Arq’s technology upgrades discarded coal fines and it has the potential to substantially reduce the environmental footprint of mine sites. This approach aligns with Peabody’s commitment to sustainable mining practices.
At the same time as entering into these landmark transactions with market-leading energy companies, Arq has raised over $50 million of new equity at a valuation of over a half-billion dollars (US). This includes an initial investment of $10 million from each of Vitol and Peabody; the agreements envisage Vitol and Peabody investing further in Arq over the next 3 years.
Arq’s first plant in Corbin, Kentucky, is nearing completion. Arq Fuel™ will be available in early 2019.
Julian McIntyre, Founder and CEO of Arq, said:
Our goal at Arq is to produce the lowest cost hydrocarbon products on the planet. We can only do this by building a coalition of industry partners, who share our perspective that technology will be the catalyst in unlocking value in a changing energy landscape. We are therefore delighted to partner with Vitol and Peabody. They are each leaders in their respective fields and bring established market positions, together with an entrepreneurial and innovative approach. These partnerships are a validation of our products and technology and a major milestone towards realising our ambition.
Mike Muller of Vitol, said:
Arq fuels will be pure hydrocarbons – combining them with fuel or potentially with crude provides the opportunity for refiners and fuel customers alike to diversify into a new and cost-effective source of supply, whilst the production of Arq fuels also has a beneficial environmental impact. We are pleased to be able to exclusively offer our customers the option of accessing an innovative new fuel component which has the potential to materially improve their competitiveness.
Charles Meintjes, Executive Vice President – Corporate Services and Chief Commercial Officer of Peabody, said:
We believe our partnership with Arq represents a rare opportunity to add value to our product, reduce our environmental footprint and expand the market for our product at the same time. While the process is at early stages, we look forward to next steps to prove out the operations and assess our sites for the applicability of this exciting technology.
Energy technology company Arq benefits from Cornish mining expertise
One of the UK’s most talked about and disruptive energy start-ups, Arq, has committed to invest in a new technology and innovation centre near the historic Stannary city of Truro, Cornwall. Arq has selected Grinding Solutions to leverage its extractive innovation, comminution technology and fine particle science.
Cornwall has a rich history of exporting valuable mining technology and mineral processing skills across the globe and is home to the world-renowned Camborne School of Mines. Cornwall continues to shape and influence the global mining industry with over 90 mining technology companies operating in the county and is also seeing a resurgence in mining activity.
For the first time, Arq will be transferring metallurgical hard rock mining knowhow and applying it to coals and fuels. Although these sectors have suffered from a dearth of investment in recent years, Cornwall retains a deep knowledge and intellectual capital rooted in its people and the community which Arq will use to bring new impetus to the coal industry, globally.
Arq will apply the cross functional use of long-standing minerals processing capabilities to optimise its own breakthrough energy technology which transforms the discard produced by coal mines into a new source of low cost energy. This novel process, Arq Technology™, involves the reclamation of extracted materials from coal mining underflow or legacy discard and then grinding it down to particles of 5 microns or less which can then be separated into over 99% pure hydrocarbons and inorganic material (ash).
This microfine hydrocarbon (Arq Fuel™) is far more valuable than traditional coal because it can contain less than 1% ash and almost no water. This increase in value has the potential to change the face of the coal business across the world.
It’s not the first time the Cornish will have pioneered innovative new technologies. Many of their inventions are now commonplace in mining communities and have played a measurable part in growing international economies worldwide.
Arq have partnered with a local company Grinding Solutions, the leading fine mineral processing company, to develop and manage the Arq Technology Centre which has additional scope for future expansion. Through its thought leadership and innovative culture Grinding Solutions attracts the best people internationally to work on fine particle sciences, which is why they were a natural partner for Arq.
This further strengthens and supports Arq’s existing new products R&D facility, based in Billingham County Durham, the UK’s knowledge centre for chemicals processing and refining.
Julian McIntyre, Arq CEO
“By establishing the Arq Technology Centre we have further enhanced our incredible strength in petroleum and coal chemistry with world class understanding of mineral processing and fine particle management to bridge these two great industries together.”
Nick Wilshaw, Grinding Solutions MD
“Arq is changing the outlook of the global energy industry. We are excited to partner with industry leaders from technology, science and energy at Arq and contribute our expertise and experience to make better use of the world’s resources.”
“A company turning coal waste into liquid fuel sees itself as a significant part of a broad transformation of the U.S. coal industry to take place in the next few years.
“Arq says it is ‘getting more from less’ with its process that breaks down coal waste into ‘micronized, high-performing and high-value energy sources.’ The company is marketing one product designed to be blended into fuel oil for the utility market and another to be mixed with bunker fuel for the marine market. Arq is also developing a product for blending with crude oil and advertises a refined pellet process for blending with metallurgical and thermal coals.”
Entech company Arq’s patented process (United States Patent & Trademark Office, Patent No. 9777235) transforms coal waste into high-value, low-cost fuels ready for today’s market.
Julian McIntyre, Founder & CEO of Arq says:
“A unit of energy generated from oil is currently valued at six times the value of the same unit produced by coal. Arq Technology™ and Arq Fuels™ present an opportunity to upgrade coal into higher-value fuel products. We estimate that closing the difference in the value of a unit of energy produced between coal and oil is a market worth up to $2 trillion a year.”
Entech company Arq Group Ltd. (Arq) launched in October 2017
Arq Technology™ reclaims hydrocarbons from coal waste to produce Arq Fuels™, designed for blending with liquid fuel oils and mixing with traditional coals
The market opportunity for Arq Fuels™ is estimated at $2 trillion per year
To date, Arq has raised over $175 million. In its current round of fundraising, Arq is looking to raise a further $50 million
Entech company Arq transforms the hydrocarbons from coal into oil products whilst cleaning up environmental liabilities
Patent-protected process transforms coal waste into higher-value fuel products.