Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Black & Veatch has joined the Low Carbon Resources Initiative led by top energy research firms in the nation.
Mario Azar, president of Black & Veatch’s global power business, said the active involvement with the LCRI aligns with the company’s own decarbonization efforts. The LCRI is a collaborative research effort spearheaded by the Electric Power Research Institute and the Gas Technology Institute.
Funding for the LCRI so far has topped $100 million and growing with more than 30 sponsors. Among the power generation utilities involved are Xcel Energy, Alliant, Ameren, American Electric Power, Arizona Public Service, CenterPoint Energy, CPS (Consumers) Energy, ConEdison, Dominion Energy, Duke, Exelon, Lincoln Electric System, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, National Grid, Nebraska Public Power District, NY Power Authority, Oglethorpe Power, Portland (Ore.) General Electric, PPL Corp., Salt River Project, Southern California Edison, Southern Co., Tennessee Valley Authority and WEC Energy Group.
Black & Veatch can contribute vast amounts of R&D and case-study experience through its own projects. Those projects include working with Long Ridge Energy Generation to retrofit a 485-MW combined cycle gas turbine plant to run on hydrogen, as well as the Intermountain Power Renewal Project on a 840-MW combined-cycle gas facility in Utah.
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The EPC firm also is contributing feasibility studies to aid development of a largest green hydrogen plant in Brazil. Green hydrogen is H2 created from electrolysis powered by carbon-free electricity resources such as wind and solar.
Earlier this year, Black & Veatch joined the Hydrogen Council global initiative. Many companies wagering on the zero-carbon energy transition are excited about carbon-free hydrogen’s potential as a thermal and baseload power resource.