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Bluefield, W.Va., company receiving $3M develop coal-based building materials

By Chalres Boothe, Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — A Bluefield business that focuses on the use of coal in developing building materials is receiving almost $3 million in funding.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., made the announcement last week during a visit from two U.S. Cabinet members to the state: U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland.

The business is X-Mat Carbon Core Composites, located in the Commercialization Station on Bluefield Avenue, and the Florida-based company and partners “will construct a prototype structure to test coal-derived building materials including roof tiles, siding panels, bricks, and blocks. The project will produce a detailed design for a carbon-based building and update the techno-economic analysis to improve the maturity of the technology as it moves closer to a demonstration phase.”

The (Department of Energy) DOE funding is more than $2.2 million with other funding about $700,000. This project was one of many around the state receiving grants from the more than $210 million in funding available to West Virginia this year through the bipartisan infrastructure bill…

To read more: https://www.bdtonline.com/news/bluefield-company-receiving-3m-develop-coal-based-building-materials/article_23802eb4-a95f-11ec-bb77-dbf5c41bc0cf.html

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