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Black Hills Energy | WyoDak Mine BrightLoop Demo

USA
Demonstration

Overview

Status
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Demonstration
Region
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North America
Geography
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USA
State
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Wyoming
Equity Owner
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Black Hills Energy
Proponent
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Black Hills Energy, Babcock & Wilcox
Output
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Green hydrogen
Type of electricty
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Capacity
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H2: 15 metric tons/day
Financing
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Technology
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BrightLoop
Technical Advisors
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Advisors
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Project Contact
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Mark Lux, Vice President of Power Delivery for Black Hills Energy | Brandy Johnson, Babcock & Wilcox Chief Technology Officer
Lawyers
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Project Cost
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Offtaker
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Commercial Operations Date
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Decommission Date
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FID
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Description

A project that converts coal from the WyoDak mine into low-carbon hydrogen and single-stream CO2.

In January 2024, Black Hills Energy and Babcock & Wilcox have been awarded $15,995,451 – in two phases of funding – for the project. With the award, BHE and B&W will complete the planning and design package for a facility that will demonstrate the BrightLoop chemical looping process, which produces 15 metric tons of hydrogen a day.

B&W’s BrightLoopTM chemical looping technology is an oxidation-reduction chemical process that produces hydrogen and a nearly pure product stream of CO2 without the need for carbon capture equipment to extract the carbon emissions.

The final semi-commercial constructed project would serve as the foundation for expanded hydrogen production using Powder River Basin coal, not only from the WyoDak mine but from other sites across Wyoming.

The WEA previously awarded BHE and B&W a grant for a feasibility study for the BrightLoop technology.

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