About B&W

History

More than 145 years of manufacturing and operations for civilian, national security and high-consequence applications...

 

 
1856 Stephen Wilcox patents the water tube boiler
1867

Stephen Wilcox and George Babcock establishes Babcock, Wilcox & Company to manufacture and market the water tube boiler

​1881 First installed utility boiler made by B&W

1902​ New York City's first subway is powered by B&W boilers ​
1903​
 The Commonwealth Edison Company of Chicago is the first utility station to use steam turbines exclusively for electric power generation
1907-09 ​
Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet powered by B&W Boilers

1918​ First pulverized coal plant made by B&W ​
1929 ​
B&W installs the world's first commercial size recovery boiler using the magnesium bisulfite process in Quebec, Canada ​
1930s​
B&W introduces the integral furnace boiler, the Kraft recovery boiler, the radiant boiler, and the open-pass boiler ​
1935​
B&W sold and placed into service the first "black liquor" recovery boiler in the USA which used a by-product of the pulping process as fuel.
1943–45​
Provided components, materials and process development for Manhattan Project

1946​ Awarded first contract to research propulsion systems for US Navy ​
1953–55  ​
Designed and fabricated components for USS Nautilus, world’s first nuclear-powered submarine

1956​ Designed and built first privately licensed commercial Critical Experiment Laboratory and began operations at Lynchburg Research Center, the first privately financed US nuclear facility​
1957 ​ First supercritical pressure coal-fired boiler made by B&W

1960s-Present  ​
B&W designs & manufactures heavy nuclear components for new, re-emerging commercial nuclear power

1961​ Designed and supplied reactors for world’s first commercial nuclear ship NS Savannah ​
1962​ Designed and furnished reactor systems for Indian Point, the first commercial reactor using HEU 233 ​
1964​ Concluded design work on Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory ​
1966​ Initiated design and fabrication of components for Nimitz-class aircraft carriers ​
1967 ​
Largest boiler (1300 MW) built for TVA

1973​
B&W leader in coal-fired emissions environmental controls for SOx, NOx, Mercury

1975 ​
Designed and built components for liquid metal fast breeder reactor
1981​ Began fabricating research and test reactor fuel for universities and national laboratories ​
1981–85​ Decontaminated and decommissioned first commercial plutonium laboratory in the US ​
1987 ​
Awarded contract for design space nuclear thermal propulsion system
1991​
 Selected to manage and operate Specific Manufacturing Capability (SMC) at INEEL
1993​ Issued patent for solar bi-modal space power and propulsion system
Initiated design and fabrication of heavy-equipment components for Virginia-class submarine
Awarded M&O contract of Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of DynMcDermott ​
1994​ Awarded first major site M&O contract at DOE's INEEL as part of winning team ​
1995​
Awarded contract to downblend HEU from Project Sapphire
Opened the Clean Coal Environmental Development Facility (CEDF) a state-of-the-art combustion and emissions testing facility ​
1996​ Initiated conceptual design studies for CVN-21​
1997​ Awarded first prime contract to manage, operate Mound, a DOE site
Completed environmental remediation of former nuclear fuels plant in Apollo, PA ​
1983-Present ​
Environmental Management: D&D Nuclear Material Stabilization

 1998-2006 ​
Nuclear Non- proliferation: downblending HEU from U.S. nuclear weapons

1999​
 Awarded contract to develop fuel cells and hydrogen reformers for US Navy ​
2000 
Awarded contract to manage and operate Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN 
Awarded contract to manage and operate Pantex Plant in Amarillo, TX
Designed and fabricated largest superconducting magnet in the US ​
2000-Present​
DOE Nuclear Weapons Complex & Laboratory Nuclear Operations

2000-2006​ B&W and certain of its subsidiaries filed a voluntary petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to reorganize under Chapter 11 ​
2001 ​
Completed first D&D of a commercial plutonium production facility in Parks Township, PA ​
2002​ Established SOFCo, dedicated to fuel cell deployment ​
2003​ Supporting development of reactor plant for Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO)
Awarded, for a second time, a M&O contract for Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of DynMcDermott ​
2004​ Awarded contract to manage and operate Idaho National Laboratory as part of Battelle Energy Alliance​
2005​ Awarded contract to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory as part of Los Alamos National Security, LLC​
2006​
B&W developing oxy-fuel technology for carbon capture

2007​ Consolidation of B&W and BWXT operations, under the name The Babcock & Wilcox Company. Formation of Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Power Generation Group, Inc.​
2008​​ Acquires Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. as a subsidiary​​
2009 B&W mPowerTM reactor introducedmPower_Containment_Copyright_2013_lowres.jpg
2010​​ Spins off as standalone company trading on NYSE as BWC​​
2011​ Awarded Waste-to-Energy plant contracts in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA​
2012​ Selected as winner of United States Department of Energy's Small Modular Reactor Program funding​