B&W starts design work on FutureGen 2.0 carbon capture project

Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group (B&W PGG), agreed with the FutureGen Industrial Alliance to perform full front-end engineering and design work on the FutureGen 2.0 carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Meredosia, Ill.

The agreement marks the start of the second phase of the three-phase U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded project. The DOE has authorized up to $49 million to fund B&W’s Phase 2 engineering and design activities. Construction of the plant would follow in Phase 3, with an anticipated start in June 2014.

B&W PGG will design and supply a boiler island and oxy-coal combustion system, gas quality control system and provide the balance of plant engineering for the coal-fired plant.

The project’s goal is to capture more than 90 percent of the carbon dioxide generated during the combustion process, reducing the plant’s carbon footprint by more than 1 million tons annually.

The oxy-coal combustion process – developed by B&W PGG and Air Liquide – 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 carbon dioxide, which is suited for compression and storage.

The carbon captured from the FutureGen 2.0 plant will be transported and stored underground at a nearby storage facility.

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