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Praxair, Foster Wheeler North America Team Up on Clean-Coal Technology Projects.

ENERGY RESOURCE-17 September 2007-Praxair, Foster Wheeler North America Team Up on Clean-Coal Technology Projects(C)2007 JeraOne -

The combination of the two companies' technologies and systems expertise would enable a coal-fired generating plant to reduce carbon dioxide stack emissions by more than 90 percent, as compared to a conventional coal-fired plant of similar size, the companies said.

Generating plants that burn opportunity fuels such as biomass and petroleum coke in combination with coal would also be able to effect similar reductions in CO2 emissions. Praxair and Foster Wheeler North America have agreed to share technical information to ensure successful integration of the combined systems.

The companies expect that their first joint commercial effort will be the previously announced demonstration project being pursued by the Jamestown (New York) Board of Public Utilities. The Jamestown project would be the first of its kind in the United States and potentially an international model for future energy development.

Under the agreement, Foster Wheeler will develop and supply steam generators using oxy-coal combustion technology that can be installed in new or existing coal-fired power plants. Oxy-coal combustion creates a highly concentrated stream of CO2 from a steam generator to facilitate carbon capture and sequestration.

Foster Wheeler expects that its first applications of oxy-coal combustion technology would involve the company's circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) steam generators, which have already gained global market acceptance for their efficiency, fuel flexibility, and relatively low emissions. Foster Wheeler expects that oxy-coal combustion technology will be applicable to pulverized-coal (PC) steam generators as well.

Praxair has a long history of advancing oxygen-based combustion and gas-processing technologies. For this project, Praxair will provide the upstream oxygen-supply facilities, applying its design, engineering and construction experience in building large cryogenic air-separation plants that produce the large volumes of oxygen necessary for clean-coal projects.

Praxair also will provide the downstream CO2 capture and gas-processing technologies and equipment, based on its experience as one of the world's leading CO2 suppliers. Praxair's control systems and integration capabilities also will be a key component of the project.

For more information, visti Foster Wheeler at and Praxair at

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