B&W technology tapped for use in DOE's FutureGen 2.0 CO2 capture, storage project

Source: The Babcock & Wilcox Company

The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) (NYSE:BWC) announced that the oxy-coal combustion technology developed by its Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. subsidiary (B&W PGG) and Air Liquide Process & Construction, Inc. has been included by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in its award of a cooperative agreement to Ameren Energy Resources Company, LCC, for the $1 billion FutureGen 2.0 project – the first large-scale, integrated test of an oxy-coal-fired power plant with carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage (CCS). 

The recently announced cooperative agreement between the DOE and Ameren is the first step in the development of the project to repower a 200-megawatt power generation system at Ameren's Meredosia Plant near Jacksonville, Ill. with oxy-coal combustion technology developed by B&W PGG and Air Liquide. The project is designed to produce clean energy from coal by capturing and storing approximately 1.3 million tons of CO2 each year. 

B&W PGG expects its scope of work will be to design the near-zero emissions plant’s oxy-coal combustion system, air quality control systems, boiler, steel and other control systems. Construction is estimated to begin in 2012 and be completed by the fourth quarter 2015. 

The oxy-coal combustion process uses oxygen mixed with recycled flue gas to replace the normal combustion air in a coal-fired boiler. As coal is burned, the resulting flue gas consists primarily of CO2, which is well-suited for compression and storage. 

“Over the last decade, B&W PGG has made critical investments in the research and development of CO2-control technologies such as oxy-coal combustion and our Regenerable Solvent Absorption Technology (RSATTM) process,” said B&W President and Chief Executive Officer Brandon C. Bethards. “FutureGen 2.0 is the ideal large-scale project to validate the oxy-coal process, and it will set the stage for future applications of this promising carbon-capture technology.” 

B&W PGG has successfully demonstrated oxy-coal combustion technology at its Clean Environmental Development Facility, a state-of-the-art 30 MW-thermal combustion test facility in Ohio. It is applicable for new coal-fired power plants and for repowering or retrofits on existing coal-fired facilities.

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