Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) has signed a teaming agreement with Newpoint Gas to provide advanced hydrogen generation, decarbonisation and combustion technologies for the redevelopment of the former US Department of Energy Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site near Piketon, Ohio.
B&W will supply its BrightLoopTM technology to produce hydrogen and isolate carbon dioxide for storage and will supply a steam generator utilising the company’s BrightGenTM hydrogen combustion technology to produce clean, near-zero emissions energy. Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co., LLC will provide construction and installation services.
When complete, the $1.51 billion h2Trillium Energy and Manufacturing (h2TEAM) complex will operate as integrated energy decarbonised hydrogen and closed-loop manufacturing facility, generating clean hydrogen and capturing carbon dioxide for long-term storage or beneficial use.
B&W, Newpoint and other technical partners also intend to pursue an $8 billion Department of Energy Hydrogen Hub grant (H2Hubs) to fund the project and additional development.
B&W’s flexible BrightLoop technology is part of its ClimateBrightTM suite of clean energy technologies and can accommodate a wide range of usable feedstocks, product outputs and applications. The BrightLoop system is highly scalable with benefits that can be applied to various industrial processes to produce hydrogen, syngas, and steam for power, processes and heating.
B&W’s proven and reliable BrightGen hydrogen combustion technology produces no CO2 and has already been supplied to more than 60 industrial water-tube boilers firing hydrogen and hydrogen-blended fuels. BrightGen technology applies to new installations or can be retrofitted to existing equipment to fire hydrogen efficiently and safely.
Joe Buckler, B&W Senior VP of Clean Energy, said, “B&W is a global leader in the clean energy revolution, and we’re excited to lend our expertise and game-changing technologies to the h2TEAM clean hydrogen and decarbonisation project.”
Wiley Rhodes, CEO of Newpoint Gas, said, “The reindustrialisation of the PORTS facility not only presents an enormous opportunity for the industry but also has a chance to be the single most impactful driver of economic growth and stability for this region in a generation.”