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.