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Babcock & Wilcox Announces Agreement to Study Development of Biomass-to-Hydrogen Project in South Korea Using BrightLoop™ Technology
(AKRON, Ohio – November 21, 2022) – Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) (NYSE: BW) announced today that it has signed an agreement with NRG Korea to study the applicability of B&W’s BrightLoopTM technology for a hydrogen generation facility using biomass fuel in South Korea.
B&W’s BrightLoop chemical looping technology is part of its ClimateBrightTM suite of decarbonization and hydrogen technologies. The BrightLoop process uses a proprietary, regenerable particle and has been demonstrated to effectively separate carbon dioxide (CO2) while producing hydrogen, steam and/or syngas, and is ready for commercial scale-up.
B&W and NRG have signed a memorandum of understanding to study the technology and potentially develop the project, which would use waste biomass as feedstock to produce hydrogen for fuel cells used for electrical generation.
“As the energy transition accelerates, clean hydrogen from net-carbon neutral sources will play an increasingly important role in energy generation,” said Joe Buckler, B&W Senior Vice President, Clean Energy. “B&W’s BrightLoop technology is a cutting-edge solution for hydrogen generation from virtually any fuel stock, and, depending on a customer’s needs, also can be used to isolate CO2 for capture or use, and produce steam or syngas. BrightLoop is a flexible solution with a wide array of potential applications.”
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to work closely with NRG to develop this groundbreaking clean energy project,” Buckler said.
Jay Kim, Chief Executive Officer of NRG Korea said, “NRG Korea is excited to be cooperating with Babcock & Wilcox, a world-renowned technology leader, in the development of this unique and innovative energy project. We see this project as a significant development in the renewable energy space by generating clean electrical power using green hydrogen produced from a renewable waste-based fuel.”
NRG Korea, established in 2008, is a Korean company specializing in waste processing and manufacture of alternative fuels and holds a number of patents related to their unique processing technologies.
B&W’s ClimateBright suite of revolutionary decarbonization technologies are designed to help utilities and industry aggressively combat greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. These technologies have application for a wide range of industries including energy production, food manufacturing, steel, cement, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, carbon black, and pulp and paper.
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B&W cautions that this release contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements relating to the signing of a memorandum of understanding with NRG Korea to study the applicability of B&W’s BrightLoop technology for a biomass to hydrogen facility in South Korea. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. For a more complete discussion of these risk factors, see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent annual report on Form 10-K. If one or more of these risks or other risks materialize, actual results may vary materially from those expressed. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, except to the extent required by applicable law.