Louisiana biomass-fuelled plant is using technology developed by Babcock & Wilcox to produce hydrogen and CO2 starting in mid-2026 in the USA, the company said. B&W said its BrightLoop technology is a chemical looping technology that can produce hydrogen from nearly any feedstock, including solid fuels such as waste wood and other types of biomass. The company said its process also produces an isolated CO2 stream for capture, use or sequestration, as well as nitrogen that can be combined with hydrogen to create ammonia.
Babcock & Wilcox also said it reached an agreement for General Hydrogen, a CGI Gases subsidiary, to purchase hydrogen from the facility. General Hydrogen would purchase and transport off-site up to 15 tons of hydrogen per day, according to the terms of the agreement. BrightLoop™ technology has been the result of continued and long-standing collaboration between researchers and a university partner, and today can can be used for a wide range of applications. The process produces desirable outputs, such as hydrogen, while isolating carbon dioxide (CO2) for capture and storage/sequestration or beneficial use.
This technology is a catalyst for helping the industrial world transition to a more sustainable future, supporting the international goal of net-zero CO2 emissions by the middle of the century. Our chemical looping technology can be used in many different processes to arrive at several outcomes; hydrogen generation is just one. B&W’s BrightLoop chemical looping technology produces a stream of nearly pure hydrogen separate from a stream of nearly pure CO2. This greatly reduces the amount of energy and fossil fuel required to produce H2 from hydrocarbons while also effectively and inexpensively isolating carbon dioxide. The feedstock fuel stream is largely fuel independent. Solid, liquid or gaseous fuels can be used by the system to produce hydrogen.