Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises partners with Newpoint Gas for US development project

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Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises (B&W) has signed a teaming agreement with gas treatment specialist Newpoint Gas to act as a foundational technology partner. It will 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 in Ohio, US.

B&W will supply its “BrightLoop” technology to produce hydrogen and isolate carbon dioxide for storage and will supply a steam generator utilising the company’s “BrightGen” hydrogen combustion technology to produce clean, near-zero emissions energy.

Babcock & Wilcox Construction will deliver construction and installation services.

Once complete, the $1.51 billion (€1.48bn) hrTrillium Energy and Manufacturing (h2TEAM) complex will operate as an integrated, energy decarbonised hydrogen and closed-loop manufacturing facility, generating clean hydrogen and capturing carbon dioxide for long-term storage or beneficial use.

Joe Buckler, senior vice president of clean energy at B&W, said: "We look forward to working with Newpoint and its partners on this innovative and groundbreaking clean energy project".

Wiley Rhodes, CEO of Newpoint Gas, said: "We appreciate Babcock & Wilcox and the opportunity to develop the h2TEAM project. The addition of B&W builds on the momentum for this project and sets the foundation for visionary industries to continue to come together and bring several hundred clean energy jobs to central Appalachia".

Newpoint Gas launched the ATH2 Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub initiative in March 2022.

B&W, Newpoint Gas, and other technical partners also intend to pursue a US$8 billion Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen Hub grant (H2Hubs) to fund the project and additional development.

"The reindustrialisation of the PORTS facility not only presents an opportunity for industry, but also has a chance to be the single most impactful driver of economic growth and stability for this region in a generation," Rhodes commented.

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