Mineral Separation Technologies has announced the launch of a new product, the DriJet 100, which separates coal and ash without the use of water or chemicals.
DriJet technology process uses X-rays to identify the atomic weight of coal particles and air jets to separate coal from ash.
The technology has many practical applications, is field-tested and said to be available to coal companies nationwide.
The launch of the DriJet 100 follows the recent chemical spill incident that occurred on the Elk River in Charleston, West Virginia.
A liquid used for separating coal leaked from a storage containment tank into the river and endangered more than 300,000 West Virginia residents.
Mineral Separation Technologies CEO Charles Roos said that DriJet technology eliminates the possibility of a chemical spill.
"We remove the ash right at the mine face. Our technology means fewer coal trucks on the road and less coal waste in impoundments," Roos said.
"It cuts the cost from mine to market and it is much better for the environment than processes now in use."
Mineral Separation noted that DriJet requires low horsepower so operating costs are reduced.
According to the company, major components of the technology are manufactured at Beckley in West Virginia, US.
The clean DriJet technology is claimed to be portable and reliable, compared to traditional coal prep plants.
Image: Mineral Separation Technologies' new DriJet 100. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Mineral Separation Technologies.