Using X-rays, the DriJet technology can identify the atomic weight of coal particles and air jets to separate coal from ash.

The field-tested technology launch 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 eradicates 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 added.

"It cuts the cost from mine to market and it is much better for the environment than processes now in use."

Requiring low horsepower so operating costs are reduced, the DriJet is claimed to be portable and reliable, compared to traditional coal prep plants.