Babcock & Wilcox Company awarded DOE contract for Carbon Capture Research


Babcock & Wilcox Company awarded DOE contract for Carbon Capture Research

The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) announced that
the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a $2.8 million financial
assistance funding to B&W’s subsidiary – Babcock & Wilcox Power
Generation Group.

DOE granted this fund to study chemical formulations to
improve the performance of B&W’s 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 conducted at the B&W Research
Center in Barberton, Ohio.

At its Barberton research facility, B&W has developed
and tested multiple technologies to capture CO2emissions 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

“B&W is in the process of optimizing our proprietary
OptiCap solvent for CO2 capture. 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,”
Don Langley, B&W senior vice president and chief technology officer.

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