B&W agrees to study the development of a project to transform biomass into hydrogen
Babcock & Wilcox announced on November 21 that it has signed an agreement with NRG Korea to study the applicability of B&W’s BrightLoop technology for a hydrogen production facility using biofuel in South Korea.
B&W’s BrightLoop chemical looping technology is part of its ClimateBright suite of decarbonization and hydrogen technologies. The BrightLoop process uses a proprietary regenerable particle and has been shown to effectively separate carbon dioxide (CO2) while producing hydrogen, steam and/or syngas, and is ready for commercial scale-up.
B&W and NRG have signed a memorandum of understanding to study the technology and possibly develop the project, which would use waste biomass as feedstock to produce hydrogen for fuel cells used for power generation.
“As the energy transition accelerates, clean hydrogen from net carbon-neutral sources will play an increasingly important role in power generation,” said Joe Buckler, B&W senior vice president, Clean. Energy. “B&W’s BrightLoop technology is a state-of-the-art solution for producing hydrogen from virtually any fuel stock and, depending on a customer’s needs, can also be used to isolate CO2 to capture or use, and produce steam or syngas. BrightLoop is a flexible solution with a wide range of potential applications.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with NRG to develop this groundbreaking clean energy project,” Buckler said.
Jay Kim, CEO of NRG Korea, said, “NRG Korea is delighted to cooperate with Babcock & Wilcox, a world-renowned technology leader, in the development of this unique and innovative energy project. We see this project as a significant development in the field of renewable energy by generating clean electricity using green hydrogen produced from renewable waste-based fuel.
NRG Korea, established in 2008, is a Korean company specializing in waste treatment and alternative fuel manufacturing and holds a number of patents related to their unique treatment technologies.
B&W’s ClimateBright suite of breakthrough decarbonization technologies is designed to help utilities and industry aggressively address greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. These technologies have applications in a wide range of industries, including power generation, food manufacturing, steel, cement, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, carbon black and pulp and paper.