Commercialization of the Iron Base Coal Direct Chemical Looping Process for Power Production with in situ Carbon Dioxide Capture


CDLC Process Concept (click to enlarge)
CDLC Process Concept (click to enlarge)
Babcock & Wilcox Company
Website:  Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group
Award Number:  FE0009761
Project Duration:  10/01/2012 – 09/30/2017
Total Award Value:  $6,378,757
DOE Share:  $4,744,605
Performer Share:  $1,634,152
Technology Area:  Advanced Combustion Systems
Key Technology:  Chemical Looping Combustion
Location:  Barberton, Ohio

Project Description

The project goal is to develop a 550 MW commercial-scale economic case study of Babcock and Wilcox (B&W) and The Ohio State University’s coal direct chemical looping (CDCL) process for CO2 capture and separation that can be used for retrofit, repowering, and/or Greenfield installations. Project objectives are to validate the CDCL process application for power generation through engineering system and economic analysis and an experimental, bench scale system suitable for addressing the identified technology gaps.

Project Benefits

This project focuses on development of an iron-based coal-direct chemical looping process (CDCL). The CDCL reactor design leverages high oxygen carrier conversion rates and improved solids separation, reducing equipment size and complexity and driving down capital and operating costs relative to conventional systems. Specifically, this project involves bench-scale testing and modeling to address solids handling, carrier capacity, and techno-economic analysis to provide a basis for small pilot-scale testing.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
John Rockey:
Technology Manager 
John Rockey:
Principal Investigator 
Luis Velazquez-Vargas:

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