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150 Years Of Industry Firsts

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B&W's 150 Year Anniversary

 

This year B&W celebrates our rich history - 150 years of industry firsts and achievements in innovation and technology. Take a look at some of our biggest achievements and see how our company has shaped over time.

1856

1856

Stephen Wilcox patents the water tube boiler.
Steven Williams patents the water tube boiler

1867

1867

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

1875

1875

B&W publishes the first edition of Steam/its generation and use.

1881

1881

Brush Electric Light Company of Philadelphia, Pa., supplied electric-powered street lighting from a station equipped with four B&W boilers.
B&W First Utility Boiler

1882

1882

Powered by four B&W boilers, Thomas Edison’s Pearl Street Station in New York City ushered in the concept of a central public utility.

1888

1888

Thomas Edison, who had B&W boilers in his laboratory, writes that a B&W boiler is "the best boiler God has permitted man yet to make."
Letter From Thomas Edison

1898

1898

Vølund A/S (B&W Vølund) is founded

1902

1902

New York City's first subway is powered by B&W boilers

1903

1903

  • The Commonwealth Edison Company of Chicago is the first utility station to use steam turbines exclusively for electric power generation.
  • The beginning of our boiler cleaning business is established in Michigan, USA as Diamond Power Specialty Company.

1907 - 1909

1907 - 1909

Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet is powered by B&W Boilers.
Great White Fleet Powered By B&W Boilers

1918

1918

First pulverized coal plant made by B&W.

1921

1921

Frank Allen, Max Sherman and Leigh Hoff form the Allen-Sherman-Hoff (A-S-H) company in Pennsylvania, USA.

1922

1922

B&W acquires the Diamond Power boiler cleaning business.

1929

1929

B&W installs the world's first commercial size recovery boiler using the magnesium bisulfite process in Quebec, Canada.

1930

1930

B&W introduces the integral furnace boiler, the Kraft recovery boiler, the radiant boiler, and the open-pass boiler

1931

1931

First waste-to-energy plant in Gentofte, Denmark.

1934

1934

First export of waste-to-energy technology.

1935

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.

1936

1936

SPIG (B&W SPIG) is established.

1943 - 1945

1943 - 1945

Provided components, materials and process development for Manhattan Project

1946

1946

Awarded first contract to research nuclear propulsion systems for US Navy

1953 - 1955

1953 - 1955

Designed and fabricated components for USS Nautilus, world’s first nuclear-powered submarine
USS Nautilus - World

1956

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

1957

B&W designs and supplies the world’s first supercritical pressure coal-fired boiler
First Supercritical Pressure Coal-Fired Boiler

1959

1959

UniversalAET (now known as B&W Universal) was founded.

1961

1961

Designed and supplied reactors for world’s first commercial nuclear ship NS Savannah

1962

1962

Designed and furnished reactor systems for Indian Point, the first commercial reactor

1964

1964

Concluded design work on Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory

1966

1966

Initiated design and fabrication of components for Nimitz-class aircraft carriers

1967

1967

Largest boiler (1300 MW) built for TVA
TVA Largest Boiler

1973

1973

B&W leader in coal-fired emissions environmental controls for SOx, NOx, Mercury
Leader In Coal Fired Emissions Environmental Controls

1975

1975

Designed and built components for liquid metal fast breeder reactor

1980

1980

First biomass-fired plant, Novopan, Denmark

1981

1981

Began fabricating research and test reactor fuel for universities and national laboratories

1981 - 1985

1981 - 1985

Decontaminated and decommissioned first commercial plutonium laboratory in the US

1983

1983

Began environmental management: D&D nuclear material stabilization project
D&D Nuclear Material Stabilization

1987

1987

One of American Electric Power’s B&W-built 1300 MW coal-fired supercritical boilers operates continuously for a world record 607 days

1989

1989

B&W designs and builds the world’s largest waste-to-energy facility in Florida. It is capable of processing 2000 tons of municipal solid waste per day.

1993

1993

Babcock & Wilcox Beijing Co. Ltd. and Beijing Boiler Works merge.

1995

1995

B&W wins a contract to supply two 660 MW coal-fired boilers for Tanjung Jati B in one of the first independent power projects awarded in Indonesia.

1995

1995

Opened the Clean Coal Environmental Development Facility (CEDF) a state-of-the-art combustion and emissions testing facility

1996

1996

Initiated conceptual design studies for CVN-21

1997

1997

  • TEC Systems and MEG combine to form MEGTEC (now known as B&W MEGTEC)
  • Awarded first prime contract to manage, operate Mound, a DOE site
  • Completed environmental remediation of former nuclear fuels plant in Apollo, PA

1998

1998

B&W wins a contract from Petroleos Mexicanos to upgrade five boilers at the Cedereyta Refinery in Monterrey, Mexico’s largest single award for a boiler service project.

1999

1999

B&W wins an order for two 420 MW coal-fired spiral wound supercritical boilers for an independent power producer in Queensland, Australia.

2000

2000

  • Vølund A/S becomes part of Babcock & Wilcox and begins operating as B&W Vølund
  • Awarded contract to manage and operate Pantex Plant in Amarillo, TX
  • Designed and fabricated largest superconducting magnet in the US
Y-12 National Security Complex

2000 - 2006

2000 - 2006

B&W files a voluntary petition to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. This action offers to resolve asbestos liability claims.

2001

2001

B&W completes a 550 MW boiler replacement and environmental equipment installation in world-record time – less than 22 months.

2002

2002

Established SOFCo, dedicated to fuel cell deployment

 

2003

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

2004

Awarded contract to manage and operate Idaho National Laboratory as part of Battelle Energy Alliance

2005

2005

Awarded contract to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory as part of Los Alamos National Security, LLC

2006

2006

B&W developing oxy-fuel technology for carbon capture
Oxy-Fuel Technology For Carbon Capture

2007

2007

Consolidation of B&W and BWXT operations, under the name The Babcock & Wilcox Company.

2008

2008

Acquires Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. as a subsidiary

2010

2010

  • B&W Vølund acquires of Götaverken Miljö AB, an environmental company in Sweden originally founded in 1988
  • Spins off as standalone company trading on NYSE as BWC
  • B&W, Thermax form joint venture to serve the Indian utility boiler market

2011

2011

Awarded Waste-to-Energy plant contracts in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

2014

2014

  • Acquires industrial products and services firm MEGTEC
  • Awarded U.S. DOE funding with The Ohio State University for continued development of carbon dioxide capture technology

2015

2015

Babcock & Wilcox successfully completes spin-off, trades as independent company: NYSE: BW

2016

2016

B&W completes its acquisition of SPIG S.p.A., a global provider of custom-engineered cooling systems and services.
B&W Acquisition of SPIG

2017

2017

B&W acquires UniversalAET (now known as B&W Universal) a global provider of custom-engineered air management solutions.