Reducing CO2

Particle and sulphur emissions from power plants were reduced to almost zero in the 1980s.
This century shall see the advent of fossil fuel power plants with no CO2 emissions.

news / 2012-01-19

Siemens Energy has successfully completed the first test phase of its CO2 capture process at the pilot plant in the Staudinger coal-fired power plant. This pilot project is being supported by the power plant operator E.ON and the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology as part of the COORETEC initiative for power plant technologies with low CO2 emissions. The long-term chemical stability of the scrubbing liquid, the effectiveness of the process and the process emissions have all been investigated under real power-plant conditions in the pilot plant. Read more

news / 2011-12-08

A 90 per cent CO2 capture rate, a high degree of purity and considerably reduced energy consumption: these are the results of the research project on CO2 scrubbing jointly run by RWE Power, BASF and Linde. The pilot plant, which has been operating since 2009 in the Coal Innovation Centre in Niederaussem, entered the long-term testing phase in March, which will last until the end of 2013. The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology is subsidising the innovative project with around four million euros. Read more

news / 2011-10-27

During the next few decades, the energy supply will continue to be largely based on fossil fuels. For this reason, researchers want to develop new processes that simply and cheaply capture the greenhouse gases caused during the combustion process – including using membranes. With the topic “Gas separation processes for CO2-free fossil-fuelled power plants”, the Helmholtz Association is increasing research in this area. Four Helmholtz centres and four universities are jointly driving forward the development of innovative membrane technologies for capturing CO2. Read more

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