B&W wins DOE funding to improve carbon capture process for coal-fired power

Source: The Babcock & Wilcox Company

The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) (NYSE:BWC) announced that its Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. (B&W PGG) subsidiary has been selected to receive $2.8 million in financial assistance funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to study chemical formulations to improve the performance of its Regenerable Solvent Absorption Technology™ (RSAT) process solvent used to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from coal-fired power plants. The project will be managed by DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory under its Innovations for Existing Plants (IEP) Program. 

B&W will contribute $0.7 million in the form of in-kind research and development to the project, including research personnel and facility space, which will be conducted at the B&W Research Center in Barberton, Ohio. Project participants also include the University of Cincinnati and FirstEnergy Corp., which will act in an advisory role to provide input from a utility operator’s perspective. 

“B&W is in the process of optimizing our proprietary OptiCapTM solvent for CO2 capture,” B&W Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Don Langley said. “This DOE-funded project allows us to explore new options for improving the energy requirements for solvent regeneration, durability and other factors to make the OptiCap solvent an attractive option for post-combustion CO2 capture.” 

At its Barberton research facility, B&W has developed and tested multiple technologies to capture CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants and combat global climate change. These technologies include the post-combustion RSAT process using OptiCap solvent and the oxy-coal combustion process. The facility has several RSAT process pilot systems and chemical analysis apparatus to allow for a full range of product development and testing.

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