Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) and Black Hills Energy recently announced that the companies have received a $16 million grant from the Wyoming Energy Authority to fund the permitting, engineering and development activities for a clean hydrogen generation facility with carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and sequestration at Black Hills Energy’s Neil Simpson power plant in Gillette, Wyoming.

The plant design intends to use B&W’s BrightLoop technology to produce clean energy from coal, while CO2 emissions will be sequestered, or put to beneficial use. As designed, the plant will be capable of producing 15 tons of clean hydrogen per day using the BrightLoop process, which is a patented chemical looping technology.

“We look forward to working closely with our partner, Black Hills Energy, as we complete engineering, begin construction, and move toward completion of this commercial-scale project,” said B&W Chief Technology Officer Brandy Johnson. “This project supports Wyoming’s efforts to use an abundant and affordable natural resource to produce clean energy, while showing the flexibility and versatility of B&W’s BrightLoop technology.

“Together we will be forging a new path for Wyoming’s and America’s clean energy future, helping combat climate change while supporting jobs in Wyoming’s energy industry,” Johnson said.

B&W’s BrightLoop chemical looping technology is part of its ClimateBright suite of decarbonization and hydrogen technologies. The BrightLoop process uses a proprietary, regenerable particle and has been demonstrated to effectively separate CO2 while producing hydrogen, steam and/or syngas.