Frontieras North America’s Lean Approach to Hydrocarbon Processing Supports a Renewed Look at Coal to Provide Abundant, Affordable, and Globally Available Energy


FASForm technology has positioned Frontieras at the forefront of the energy revolution.

Frontieras North America, a subsidiary of Frontier Applied Sciences, today called for a change in the way the global coal industry approaches fossil fuel use and coal processing. Refuting the argument of the anti-coal movement, Frontieras’ technology positively exploits the role of carbon in energy production. Frontieras is calling on the global coal industry and related associations to adopt new technologies that will further advance the industry which, according to the World Coal Association, accounts for 40% of the world’s electricity. Instead of creating policies to eliminate the use of coal, today’s governments need to shift their thinking about how innovation, technology and collaboration allow us to harness the ubiquitous supply of coal. coal for the improvement of civilization while maximizing the production of beneficial byproducts contained in coal. .

Michelle Manook, chief executive of the World Coal Association (WCA), told Reuters in late 2021 that “the coal industry has not been quick enough to explain the potential of clean technologies that can give fossil fuels a place in a sustainable energy matrix. This perspective, from a leading authority, aligns with Frontieras’ offering and supports the balance between coal and other energy sources across the world. This line of dialogue, outlining the coexistence of technology and resources, enables continued investment in new technologies and proactive sharing of information that properly positions coal and hydrocarbon use in today’s always-connected world. today.

With its patented solid carbon fractionation technology validated, Frontieras is poised to build the industry’s first zero-waste processing plant. Frontieras’ FASForm™ plant deploys a continuous-feed refining process for coal and other solids that uses continuous heat and pressure to reform, refine, and liberate the constituents of solid carbonaceous materials that contain volatile compounds. By deconstructing carbon down to its core elements, Frontieras FASForm removes nearly all sulfur, mercury and arsenic, as well as moisture, improving the heat value of the final carbon product. Specifically, FASForm extracts high-value liquids and gases from solids while producing a purified solid carbon product known as FASCarbon™. FASForm also illustrates how Frontieras captures and reuses these energetic elements so that no waste is emitted into the air, water and soil. This process allows Frontieras to reuse captured breaches, reducing carbon footprint and reducing CO2 emissions.

“FASForm technology has positioned Frontieras at the forefront of the energy revolution,” said Joseph Witherspoon, PE, co-founder and chief technology officer (CTO). “Combined with Frontieras’ ability to transform coal into the highest quality energy products, our zero-waste FASForm technology transforms potential contaminants and pollutants into additional high-value products such as agricultural fertilizers. Frontieras literally protects the planet while providing much-needed energy products to improve the quality of life for all its citizens.

Frontieras’ zero-waste vision has enabled the company to become a thought leader in clean technology and helped define what that means for the future. Frontieras’ innovative approach alters the physical composition of its raw material by releasing and harvesting the different elements of the raw material. For example, Frontieras’ use of standard coal as feedstock includes reducing the amount of sulfur in the coal and siphoning off ammonia gas. By completing this process, Frontieras essentially converts standard coal into coal coke (often used in the production of steelmaking). In addition, Frontieras extracts and captures hydrogen to supply the FASForm plant. Frontieras’ process produces a wide range of products, including sulfuric acid, ammonia and fertilizers. This approach creates a cleaner product with a host of benefits, including:

· Energetic efficiency

No air, water or soil pollution

No waste stream

· No waste

“The days of dirty coal are over,” said Matthew McKean, CEO and co-founder of Frontieras North America. “The images of black smokestacks polluting the environment in the 70s have been replaced by clean technology that efficiently processes coal and reuses carbon in a safe and meaningful way. Frontieras, and its introduction of FASForm technology, drives the industry and changes the conversation surrounding carbon and the use of coal.

Frontieras has garnered tremendous interest from a wide range of businesses and industries as its entry into the energy market positions it to be a disruptive force for positive change. The technological advances contained in FASForm plants can extend the life of many established coal processing plants by upgrading them to meet changing regulatory compliance, increasing revenue and creating better yields. FASForm’s ability to reform solid carbonaceous material to produce and separate valuable gaseous products such as hydrogen and methane, as well as high-value liquid products such as naphtha, jet fuel and diesel, has enabled it to quickly gain notoriety and position the company to face the current energy crisis. Finally, FASForm’s production of an improved solid carbon product superior to current metallurgical coke (since it is moisture-free, devoid of volatiles, and nearly sulfur-free) has piqued the interest of the manufacturing sector.

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Frontieras North America, a subsidiary of Frontier Applied Sciences (FAS), is a private entity established in 2010. FAS holds patents on five continents that cover more than 3.7 billion people, including the United States and Canada. Frontieras’ FASForm™ streamlines the processing of solid hydrocarbon materials and maximizes energy production in each of its three forms: solids, liquids and gases. FASForm is extremely efficient and products can be delivered to market at comparable or below market prices without relying on government subsidies or carbon credits. For more information, visit

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