Babcock & Wilcox wins BECCS study for Michigan coal pant conversion

Aug 01 2023

The study is the first phase of an anticipated large-scale commercial project to retrofit Filer City Station power plant with biomass and decarbonization technologies to replace coal.

The company has been awarded a contract by NorthStar Clean Energy to conduct a Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) engineering study to convert a coal-fired power plant in Michigan to use biomass fuel and retrofit the plant with B&W’s SolveBright™ carbon dioxide capture process.

The study is the first phase of a commercial-scale project partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co. will manage construction and mechanical scope of the study and commercial phase.

NorthStar Clean Energy plans to eliminate CO2 emissions from the plant by converting the 75-megawatt TES Filer City Station power station in Filer City, Michigan, to use sustainable biomass as fuel. The plant is jointly owned by NorthStar Clean Energy and Houston, Texas-based Tondu Corp. The CO2 generated by the plant would be captured using B&W’s proprietary SolveBright post-combustion CO2 scrubbing process which it says provides for flexibility in the regenerable solvent used to isolate CO2 for sequestration or utilisation.

“BECCS projects hold tremendous potential in helping the world achieve a goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050,” said Joe Buckler, B&W Senior Vice President, Clean Energy. “Capturing CO2 from biomass combustion allows a plant to generate energy and be a net-negative emitter of greenhouse gases. This in turn allows the plant owner to offset emissions from other sources such as through the sale and trade of carbon credits.”

“For post-combustion carbon capture, B&W offers pre-treatment technologies to clean the flue gas prior to carbon capture and our SolveBright process that can be tailored to support the preferred solvent of our customers."

When the biomass and carbon capture conversion is complete, TES Filer City Station will be able to provide power to more than 70,000 homes while producing net-negative CO2 emissions.

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