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FNS Photo by Dave Wallis Norm Miller displays biomass fuel pellets outside his business June 6 in Mapleton. The large object is a biomass/coal combination producing 16,000 BTUs, the middle is made from potato skins, and the other is a combination of prairie grasses. Both of the last two produce about 11,000 BTUs of heat.

The quest to make cleaner coal: Mapleton firms aim for green energy market


MAPLETON — Norm Miller calls himself the father of biocoal.

And now, after decades spent developing a cleaner alternative to traditional coal, Miller and a family of companies he has formed in Mapleton are ready to stake a claim on the country’s green energy landscape.

Miller is a self-described inventor and management gun for hire whose career has included guiding troubled manufacturing operations to profitability.

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