Babcock & Wilcox announced today (18th October) that its B&W Renewable segment has agreed with Port Anthony Renewables Limited to jointly develop a biomass-to-hydrogen clean energy project in Port Anthony, Victoria, Australia.
Once completed, the plant is expected to be part of the largest green hydrogen hub in southeastern Australia. The project will use B&W’s BrightLoop technology, which uses a proprietary regenerable oxide particle to generate hydrogen from various fuels, including biomass, natural gas, petroleum waste and syngas while creating a concentrated stream of CO2 for sequestration or utilisation.
Recently, Port Anthony Renewables also formed a joint venture with Singaporean gasification technology integrator CAC-H2 to establish a green energy hub in Victoria using a waste woody biomass gasification system to produce green ammonia. The plant would be able to produce 3 tonnes/day of hydrogen.
Jimmy Morgan, B&W COO, said, “Net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through the use of low-carbon fuels such as hydrogen is an achievable goal being embraced by governments and industries worldwide.”
Ben Anthony, MD of Port Anthony Renewables, said, “We believe the future of all forms of transport in Australia is changing and hydrogen will play a key role alongside of battery electric vehicles in achieving our 2050 net-zero targets.”
In a separate development, Tlou Energy Limited is building a prototype hydrogen and solid carbon production unit in Australia through its hydrogen partners, Synergen Met Pty Ltd (a hydrogen developer using unique intellectual property in the form of plasma technology to convert methane to hydrogen and solid carbon). Tlou Energy is also developing power solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa through gas-fired power, solar power and hydrogen projects. It plans to develop gas, solar and hydrogen power generation assets at Lesedi with electricity to be sold into the local power grid.