Babcock and Wilcox expands into the biomass energy market

Barberton, Ohio, May 13, 2010 — In the past 16 months, Babcock and Wilcox Power Generation Group has signed contracts to build, replace or retool three boilers to fire biomass and conduct 16 engineering studies for customers interested in generating power from biomass fuels.

B&W PGG is an operating unit of The Babcock and Wilcox Co.

Numerous utilities and industrial customers across North America have turned to B&W PGG to evaluate the feasibility of converting their coal-fired boilers to burn or co-fire a variety of carbon-neutral fuels, including woody biomass, wood waste and beet pulp.

B&W PGG also has been selected to build a biomass boiler for a major U.S. university and to convert two coal-fired boilers owned by a large, mid-western electric utility to burn pulverized wood pellets.

Engineering work for the boiler projects and engineering studies is currently underway at B&W PGG’s Barberton headquarters.

The Babcock and Wilcox Co., a unit of McDermott International, Inc., is an advanced energy technology innovation and services company, primarily invested in nuclear and fossil power.

B&W is focused on issues such as energy efficiency, clean air, global market competitiveness, and safe and secure resolution for nuclear waste. B&W has locations worldwide and employs about 13,000 people, not including about 10,000 joint venture employees.

 

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