Air Products has announced it has signed an agreement to supply oxygen, engineering services and related equipment to a project in the UK focusing on the reduction of greenhouse gases.

The project, led by energy company Doosan Babcock, is designed to advance technology that has the potential to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases.

The agreement forms part of the OxyCoal 2 project in Renfrew, Scotland, which aims to demonstrate the benefits of oxyfuel technology for carbon capture on coal-fired power plants. In oxyfuel combustion, oxygen is used instead of air to increase the concentration of carbon dioxide in the flue gas, enabling lower cost carbon dioxide (CO2) capture.

OxyCoal 2 is a significant CO2 demonstration project, with a full-scale 40 megawatt (MW) burner demonstration providing key design and operational data to support the implementation of oxyfuel technology as retrofit, and in new coal-fired power plants globally.

The multi-million dollar project will see Doosan Babcock modify its unique Multi-Fuel Burner Test Rig at Renfrew to accommodate oxyfuel firing on pulverized coal with recycled flue gas.

Demonstration for 2009
Upgrade of the burner test facility is expected to be complete early in 2009, with the first oxyfuel combustion demonstration targeted for the end of March 2009.

For its part, Air Products will provide its advanced oxyfuel technology, oxygen supply and related services.

Steve Carney, Business Development Manager for Energy at Air Products, explained, “Air Products is pleased to be a team member of the OxyCoal 2 project, and foresees that its findings will have global significance. Our advanced oxyfuel technology holds great promise as a critical component in successfully addressing the climate change issue. Air Products has been a leader in developing oxyfuel technology since our first study with Doosan Babcock more than a decade ago.”

“This most recent research and technology development project is an important next step in moving closer to a viable solution for CO2 capture.”

The OxyCoal 2 project is supported by the UK’s Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) under its Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Carbon Abatement Technologies (HFCCAT) Demonstration Programme.

The lead company for the project is Doosan Babcock Energy Limited. Scottish and Southern Energy is the prime sponsor of the effort, with other sponsors and participants including Air Products Plc, DONG Energy Generation, Drax Power Limited, and EDF Energy.