DOE funds CCT PCFB demonstration
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has approved approximately $195 million in funding for the Clean Coal Program to continue a clean coal technology development program, using a Foster Wheeler pressurized circulating fluidized bed (PCFB) boiler at the McIntosh Power Station of Lakeland, Fla., in a four-year demonstration project. The 160 to 170 MW full-scale demonstration project is a cooperative effort that includes the City of Lakeland, the DOE and a consortium of Foster Wheeler Energy Corp., Foster Wheeler USA Corp. and Westinghouse Electric Corp. The PCFB project is considered especially important because of the technology`s potential to produce electricity with significantly higher efficiency and lower emissions than conventional coal-fired technologies.
Foster Wheeler will provide engineering, detail design, procurement, manufacture of key components, construction and commissioning services for the McIntosh Unit 4 PCFB demonstration project. The City of Lakeland will run the plant during the scheduled four-year demonstration period, with Foster Wheeler providing on-site assistance and supervision. The PCFB in nontopping cycle is scheduled to start up around the year 2000, with the topping cycle to come on line about two years later.