Babcock & Wilcox plans to conduct the first phase of a project to retrofit a Michigan coal-fired power plant with biomass and carbon capture.

When the project is complete, the 75 MW TES Filer City Station plant would use biomass to generate power and be equipped with B&W’s SolveBright post-combustion CO2 scrubbing process. The process would remove CO2 for sequestration or utilization.

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

The Filer City plant is jointly owned by NorthStar Clean Energy and Houston, Texas-based Tondu Corp.

The electricity generated at the plant is sold to Consumers Energy, and the steam is sold to the Packaging Corporation of America facility adjacent to the site.

The plant generates steam with two non-reheat Foster Wheeler traveling grate spreader stoker boilers. Pollutants are removed from the flue gas stream using two flue gas dry scrubbers and two baghouses.

TES Filer City Station began commercial operation in 1990.

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