ZUG, Switzerland--()--Foster Wheeler AG (Nasdaq: FWLT) announced today that its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a study contract by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).
The five-month-long study will assess the economics of flexible power generation systems which involve the production of hydrogen from coal, biomass or natural gas, the intermediate storage of hydrogen (for example in underground salt caverns) and the production of power in flexible turbines. Foster Wheeler will execute the study in collaboration with the British Geological Survey.
The value of Foster Wheeler’s contract was not disclosed and will be included in the company’s first-quarter 2013 bookings.
The study, commissioned and funded by the ETI, will look to map suitable hydrogen storage salt cavern sites in and around the UK. The sites, which tend to be located inland or up to 25 miles off the UK coastline, need to be of sufficient size, depth, location and quality to be considered for hydrogen storage.
According to ETI, flexible power generation systems, such as those to be studied, could provide a valuable contribution to the future energy mix in the UK, filling the gap between base-load nuclear plants and renewable power generation. Such systems would also capture and store carbon dioxide which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.
This study is part of the ETI’s Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Programme and is intended to help the ETI develop a better understanding of the requirements for such energy systems and a more realistic and robust dataset of costs and efficiencies.
Andrew Green, ETI CCS Programme Manager, said, “ETI modelling shows that flexible power generation systems comprising hydrogen generation with CCS, intermediate hydrogen storage (particularly using salt caverns) and flexible turbines are potentially attractive components in any future UK energy system. This project is a first step in a long journey, which could ultimately see such systems as a key part of a future low carbon, flexible and affordable energy system. If successful, the benefits could potentially be huge.”
Umberto della Sala, President and Chief Operating Officer, Foster Wheeler AG, said, “Foster Wheeler has been working with ETI for four years and this latest award confirms ETI’s confidence in our technical expertise in the field of carbon capture and storage, and our ability to deliver high-quality studies. We are delighted to be contributing to the development of a low-carbon energy future in the UK.”
Foster Wheeler AG is a global engineering and construction company and power equipment supplier delivering technically advanced, reliable facilities and equipment. The company employs approximately 12,000 talented professionals with specialized expertise dedicated to serving its clients through one of its two primary business groups. The company’s Global Engineering and Construction Group designs and constructs leading-edge processing facilities for the upstream oil and gas, LNG and gas-to-liquids, refining, chemicals and petrochemicals, power, mining and metals, environmental, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare industries. The company’s Global Power Group is a world leader in combustion and steam generation technology that designs, manufactures and erects steam generating and auxiliary equipment for power stations and industrial facilities and also provides a wide range of aftermarket services. The company is based in Zug, Switzerland, and its operational headquarters office is in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information about Foster Wheeler, please visit our Web site at www.fwc.com.
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