GreatPoint Energy Inc., a Cambridge, Mass.-based developer of low-cost gasification technologies, has received an undisclosed amount funding from Peabody Energy Inc. (NYSE: BTU). The investment is part of a larger strategic deal, whereby
GreatPoint Energy, Inc., the leading developer of catalytic gasification technology to convert coal, petroleum coke and biomass into clean natural gas while enabling the capture and sequestration of CO2, today announced a strategic relationship with Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU). Peabody will provide coal supplies for use in GreatPoint Energy's proprietary bluegasTM process. As part of the agreement, Peabody will be a preferred coal supplier to GreatPoint Energy and the parties expect to jointly develop coal to natural gas manufacturing facilities at or near the Peabody mines, with a focus on the Powder River Basin area.
GreatPoint Energy also announced that Peabody Energy has made an undisclosed investment in the Company. GreatPoint Energy will use the funds to develop its technology at commercial scale. As part of the investment, Peabody will assume an observer role on GreatPoint Energy's Board of Directors.
“We are extremely excited to have this strategic relationship with Peabody, the world's largest private-sector coal company, and look forward to working closely with them to develop bluegas projects,” said Daniel Goldman, executive vice president and CFO of GreatPoint Energy.
“Using GreatPoint Energy's technology to turn coal into natural gas, while capturing carbon, will provide a clean coal-based alternative to expensive natural gas imports, using Peabody's industry-best reserve position,” said Rick A. Bowen, Peabody president of generation and btu conversion. “Peabody is advancing technology-based solutions around the world for greater use of coal to build energy security, drive economic growth and create environmental solutions.”
GreatPoint Energy plans to construct bluegas facilities in locations where the carbon dioxide it captures can be locally sequestered, and then transport its bluegas product by existing natural gas pipelines to natural gas markets across the country. Natural gas is the cleanest of all commercial fuels, provides roughly 25 percent of all U.S. energy needs, and consists primarily of hydrogen. Over the past five years, the price of natural gas in America has risen significantly as domestic resources are depleted and the nation becomes increasingly dependent on foreign imports. As part of its proprietary process, GreatPoint Energy removes and captures the mercury, sulfur, carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the feedstock, to produce a pure stream of methane. Bluegas is as clean as natural gas and can be used directly in place of natural gas for all applications, including power generation, residential and commercial heating, and production of chemicals.
About Peabody Energy
Peabody Energy is the world's largest private-sector coal company. Its coal products fuel approximately 10 percent of all U.S. electricity generation and more than two percent of worldwide electricity.
About GreatPoint Energy
GreatPoint Energy, Inc. is the leading developer of catalytic gasification technology to convert coal, petroleum coke and biomass into natural gas. Utilizing its proprietary conversion and carbon capture technology, GreatPoint Energy produces ultra-clean natural gas from widely abundant domestic feedstocks. Bluegas