AIEN Event

Emerging technologies are contributing to the energy transition

10:00am – 11:00am
Tuesday 22 February 2022


AIEN Members: $55 inc GST
Non Member $88 inc GST

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Brian Higgins, Director of Advanced Technologies for energy company Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), will discuss B&W’s BrightLoop chemical looping technology, which is a fuel-flexible advanced technology process to produce hydrogen or steam.

BrightLoop also produces a pure stream of CO2 which can be sequestered or utilized without being emitted to the environment. By using a waste or biomass feedstock, the production of hydrogen can be carbon negative.

Additionally, he will introduce B&W’s waste-to-energy technologies that have been installed globally to convert municipal solid waste to electricity. In the facilitated discussion, project financing and methods to monetize these decarbonisation technologies will be discussed, followed by a Q&A session.

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Brian Higgins, Ph.D.

Brian Higgins, Ph.D.

Director of Advanced Technologies, Babcock & Wilcox

Brian Higgins is Director of Advanced Technologies for Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), a leader in energy and environmental products and services for power and industrial markets worldwide.

Higgins has more than 18 years of executive leadership experience in all facets of renewable technology development, strategic planning, intellectual property, operations, global business development, research and development, process design, and performance management in the renewable energy, pollution control technology, and utility power industries.

He joined B&W in July 2021. Prior to that, he served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for GreenFire Energy since 2015, in addition to serving as CTO of EnviroCare International since 2013. From 2012 until 2019, he served as a Technology Consultant with SBB Energy from 2012 until 2019 and he was Vice President of Technology for Nalco Mobotec from 2003 through 2012.

Higgins earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and both a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

He has more than 30 international and U.S. patents, primarily in the areas of environmental control systems and technologies. He also is a frequent conference speaker, has authored more than 40 publications, and has served as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at California Polytechnic State University.