Northstar Clean Energy to convert coal-fired power plant to biomass


Northstar Clean Energy is looking to convert its Michigan-based coal-fired power plant to use biomass fuel and retrofit the site with a carbon dioxide (CO2) capture process.

Energy technology and services provider Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) was today (26th July) awarded a contract by Northstar Clean Energy to conduct a bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) engineering study to assess the feasibility of the project.

The study is the first phase of a commercial-scale project partially funded by the US Department of Energy. Babcock & Wilcox Construction will manage construction and mechanical scope of the study and commercial phase.

If given the green light, the CO2 generated by the plant would be captured using B&W’s SolveBright post-combustion CO2 scrubbing process, which provides for flexibility in the regenerable solvent used to isolate CO2 for sequestration or utilisation.

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