Semplastics' X-MAT secured an approximately $625,000 NETL contract to manufacture construction materials obtained from coal to create a coal house.

FREMONT, CA: Imagine staying in a home almost made of coal, starting from the structural columns to the walls and to the roof. What if this coal house were better, more economical, and stronger than a wooden or brick typical home?

The multinational material manufacturing company Semplastics is on a quest to make this dream a reality. With continued support from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) of the Department of Energy, this could be done faster than clients would expect.

X-MAT, Semplastics' Advanced Materials Division, has recently secured an approximately $625,000 NETL contract to manufacture construction materials obtained from coal to create a coal house. X-construction MAT's materials, utilizing coal as the central component, are:

• Non-toxic and resistant to fire, making them more stable than conventional alternatives.

• Lightweight, enabling faster installation time.

• Highly robust and permanent.

• Capable of being used both for interior and exterior requirements.

• Providing greater versatility in architecture, enabling more personalization

In this modern, innovative construction process, the carbon from the coal used is fully sequestered and entirely safe for the environment. To manufacture the coal-derived construction materials, the coal is mixed with the patent-pending X-MAT coating process.

"There are so many fascinating, eco-friendly ways to use and recycle coal," said Bill Easter, founder of Semplastics and X-MAT. "Our team has already reimagined coal in unique ways such as the X-TILE, a lightweight, fireproof coal roof tile that can withstand extreme temperatures. Building a house almost entirely from coal is next on our docket. We're very thankful to the DOE for its continued support of our work."

The NETL has awarded $6 million in grants and contracts to Semplastics and X-MAT in particular. In addition to the most recent deal, the company won a $1.4 million contract to develop new uses for coal waste, a $1.5 million grant for X-TILE, and an agreement of approximately $1 million to help finance research to convert coal into battery materials.

"Semplastics' technologies are coal reimagined," said Easter. "Not only are we giving coal a new reputation, we're creating better, sustainable products for the future."