Babcock & Wilcox to decarbonize hydrogen production with chemical looping tech


United StatesBabcock & Wilcox has inked a worldwide commercial license agreement with the Ohio State Innovation Foundation for a chemical looping process and particle utilized for decarbonization and the production of hydrogen, steam, and/or syngas.

B&W and The Ohio State University collaborated to research, develop, and demonstrate the technology, which B&W provides as part of its revolutionary ClimateBright suite of decarbonization and hydrogen production technologies under the BrightLoop brand. At the US National Carbon Capture Center, B&W and Ohio State researchers successfully demonstrated hydrogen synthesis from syngas. The BrightLoop method employs an extraordinarily adaptable, plentiful oxide particle that may be employed with a wide range of fuels, including natural gas, biogases, petroleum coke, coal, and municipal solid waste biogas for waste-to-energy and syngas.

Unlike other chemical looping systems that use copper, nickel, cobalt, or other difficult to source and dispose of materials, the BrightLoop oxide particle developed exclusively by Ohio State researchers is also economical and easily regenerated, providing extended particle life and lower operating costs in an environmentally friendly manner.

The ClimateBright suite of technologies from B&W can be used in a variety of industries, including petrochemical processing, oil and gas, hydrogen production, energy production and storage, food manufacturing, steel, cement, pharmaceutical, carbon black, and pulp and paper, among others.

The 20-year license grants B&W the unique right to market and sell the licensed technology to industrial and utility clients worldwide, in conjunction with B&W’s own proprietary BrightLoop technology.