Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) was awarded a contract to study its carbon capture solution at a waste coal and biomass plant currently under development.

The carbon-negative plant being developed by Consol Energy would run on waste coal and biomass, with the potential for demonstration in 5–10 years and commercialization by 2030. Consol is evaluating carbon capture technologies as part of National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)’s 21st Century Power Plants initiative.

The proposed plant would have four pressurized fluid bed boiler combustors, each with CO2 emission capture targets of approximately 781,000 metric tons per year. B&W’s post-combustion SolveBright scrubbing system absorbs CO2 directly from the plant’s flue gas using a regenerable solvent that is then recycled for re-use.

This project will also include Honeywell’s advanced solvent carbon capture process technology, B&W said in a release. This point source CO2 removal technology can be retrofitted within existing plants or included as part of a new installation.

Worley Group is serving as lead contractor to Consol Energy and is coordinating the technology evaluation.

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