B&W Environmental awarded contract to reduce environmental impact of power plant ash

Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) has announced that its B&W Environmental segment has been awarded a contract for approximately US$13 million to design and supply equipment to reduce the environmental impact of ash at a US power plant.

B&W Environmental will design, manufacture and supply a state-of-the-art Allen-Sherman-Hoff® submerged grind conveyor (SGC) ash-handling system and related equipment as a retrofit to the plant’s existing ash slurry system to meet zero-discharge bottom ash removal requirements.

“As many of our customers join the transition to cleaner, lower-emissions power generation, B&W is positioned to provide a full suite of environmental technologies for utilities and industry, as well as renewable energy solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said B&W Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Jimmy Morgan. “B&W Environmental’s submerged grind conveyor is smaller and more versatile than conventional chain conveyors, can be tailored to each specific plant layout, and is highly effective in helping plant operators reduce the environmental impact of their operations.”

B&W Environmental’s SGC system offers a heavy-duty, flexible design for effective bottom ash transport and dewatering. This patented, proven technology offers simplified installation and operation for superior ash handling.

Germany: Uniper coal power plant to become hydrogen centre

German energy group Uniper SE is working on a project aimed at establishing a hydrogen technology hub at the site of a coal-fired power station in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and transforming the station into a gas-fired plant that will eventually run on green hydrogen.

The Gelsenkirchen-Scholven power plant, running on coal since 1968, generates 762 MW of electricity for the northern Ruhr area and is amid a transformation into a combined-cycle power plant. The station will be fired with natural gas for a certain period but in the end, it will switch to green hydrogen to benefit from its proximity to two independent hydrogen connections, Uniper said on Monday.

As part of the H2iRTC project, the Duesseldorf-based energy company will establish a research centre at the Gelsenkirchen-Scholven site to explore issues such as converting hydrogen back into electricity, solving electricity generation problems during low wind and low solar periods and using molecular hydrogen in mobility.

“The aim is to demonstrate and further develop these synergies using applications such as pilot projects that drive technological advancement,” said H2iRTC project manager Bernhard Scholtissek.

The infrastructure at the site should enable the testing and certifying of large-scale hydrogen technologies in an industrial environment to advance hydrogen production and technology. The centre will also organise practice-based training courses for the industry in the region in order to equip workers with the necessary qualifications.