Emergent Waste Solutions Inc. has started commercial production at the Ruby Creek Advanced Thermolysis System (ATS) plant in British Columbia.
EWS has modified ATS technology that was developed to process crumbed rubber from waste tires, to process waste wood from forestry milling operations. It produces biochar, bio-oil, and wood vinegar.
The Ruby Creek project is on lands belonging to the Yale Nation, an independent First Nation in the Yale, BC area. EWS owns 43% of the Ruby Creek project and the Yale Nation, along with other investors owns the remainder.
In the run-up to commercial opening EWS produced 7,000 litres of biochar, and over the coming weeks will be increasing efficiency and production volumes.
Emergent said it is working with potential buyers for the biochar, which indepdendent lab tests have verified as meeting standards.
EWS CEO Kevin Hull said he believes using ATS technology to process wood waste can solve challenges ranging from replacing landfills to processing agricultural waste and sewage sludge.
EWS is a BC-based company with exclusive Canadian rights to deploy the world leading Advanced Thermolysis System (ATS) technology. ATS can convert waste materials like MSW, plastics, biomass, and livestock waste into marketable products, such as activated carbon, carbon black, biochar, syngas, and bio-oil.
EWS also has rights for this technology in many countries in South America and Asia. It currently has over $200 million of potential projects in the pipeline.