B&W wins $2.8 million in DOE funding for carbon capture research

The project will be managed by DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory under its Innovations for Existing Plants Program

Charlotte, N.C., December 19, 2011 — The U.S. Department of Energy selected Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group to receive $2.8 million in financial assistance funding from the to study chemical formulations to improve the performance of its regenerable solvent absorption technology process solvent used to capture carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants.

The project will be managed by DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory under its Innovations for Existing Plants 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.

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