The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group (B&W PGG), a subsidiary of Babcock & Wilcox Company, to receive a $2.5m award for Phase 2 development of iron-based Coal Direct Chemical Looping (CDCL) technology.

The CDCL technology is an advanced process for clean power generation and carbon dioxide (CO2) capture at potentially lower cost than other CO2-capture technologies.

Researchers with B&W PGG and The Ohio State University (OSU) have teamed up on the development of CDCL technology.

B&W PGG president and chief operating officer J. Randall Data said, "Innovative solutions to capture and sequester CO2 are essential to coal’s future as a clean energy option in the United States. We appreciate the DOE’s continued support of our research and development efforts and look forward to adding CDCL technology to B&W PGG’s suite of advanced power generation systems and CO2 capture options."

B&W PGG is leading the commercial design effort for this novel technology, and research and testing are ongoing at the B&W Research Center in Barberton, Ohio and at OSU’s labs.