The technology is novel, and includes a great deal of know-how. The fundamental premise behind it is the utilization of electromagnetic radiation, including (but not only) microwave, which is a mature and well tested technology for the treatment of fossil fuels (not only coal) for the economic benefits of the users.
Key Differences between JF Technology and Other Competitor(s)
- Uses horizontal processes vs. vertical configuration.
- Less efficient – use more energy to achieve the same results.
- More complex hardware.
NAIC Coal Opportunity
The Chinese market is 3.5 times larger than the American market in terms of coal consumption, and it is undergoing a major shakeup due to the fact that since 2009 China changed from a net coal exporter to a net importer of coal – Japan the largest importer in the world in 2011, and the fact that some 80% of electricity in China is fueled by coal.
- Coal production in China in 2010 reached 3,661,272 s-tons 
- From 2009 China became the second largest coal importer in the world (second to Japan) and since 2011 – the largest coal importers. .
- China consumes 2,833 3,725 (2011) billion kWh second to the USA with 3,906 billion kWh.
- Rapid growth in the demand for electricity has stretched the domestic coal industry and its associated transportation to the limit
- China’s coal reserves are immense; makes it the third largest in the world. Total recoverable reserves are estimated at 126.2 billion of s-tons, of which lignite is 20.5 and sub-bituminous 37.1 billion tons. This makes low-rank 46% of reserves and the prime target for us.
- There are 27 provinces that produce coal. However most of the easily mined deposits are concentrated in the North and Mongolia, while most consumers are along the coast line. Long distance transportation links are problematic and increase the cost of delivered coal.
- The rapid development of the coal/power industry caused significant environmental impact for the Chinese population.
Where can JF Technology be used?
Our solutions can be used by the following users:
- Fuel switch by utilities that are using the more expensive bituminous coal and wish to switch to the cheaper sub-bituminous and lignite coals without suffering generation losses (derate).
- Coking plants that wish to use cleaner coal, which is mostly low in heat value.
- IGCC fuel that want to use the cheaper low-rank coals, and cannot do that without the necessary increase in heat value.
- New power plant designers that use upgraded low-rank coals, whereby they can reduce the size of the boilers and its auxiliaries and hence significantly reduce capital costs.
JF-NAIC’s upgraded coal has the following key attributes:
- Improve economics
- Improve boiler operation
- Improve environmental performance
- Vertical configuration, small footprint
- Designed for intermittent on-off operation to allow for effective load balancing