New technology cuts air pollutants by transforming logging waste into cleaner-burning replacement for coal

HM3 Energy, an Oregon-based cleantech startup, has developed a proprietary process that has the potential to cut air pollution from two major sources — coal-fired power plants and waste wood burned by logging operations — while creating hundreds of new jobs in rural timber communities.

The technology provides forest managers with an alternative to onsite, open burning of logging slash (branches, brush, defective trees and low value species such as juniper) by transforming the waste wood into sturdy biomass briquettes that can be sold and shipped to power plants as a drop-in replacement for coal.

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