03 September 2010 11:21 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Industrial gases major Linde, chemical giant BASF and German power utility RWE will test to see if their new co-developed process to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) will work in large-scale power plants, the companies said on Friday.
All three groups have been testing their new technology for separating CO2 from flue gas in a pilot plant at RWE’s Niederaussem power station near Cologne since 2009, and the companies said they were now working on solutions for demonstration and large-scale power plants.
The new process captures CO2 by means of new chemical solvents and could reduce energy input by about 20%, the companies said.
“By enhancing efficiency and accordingly reducing costs, we have created a critical success factor for carbon capture technology, which in our view is key to climate-compatible power generation from coal,” said Johannes Heithoff, vice president of research and development at RWE Power.
“This paves the way for scaling up the process to large power plants,” said Andreas Northemann, business manager, global gas treatment, BASF intermediates division.
First demonstration plants were scheduled to come on stream in 2015, and CO2 capture was expected to be used commercially in coal-fired power stations by 2020.
The technology should allow more than 90% of the CO2 contained in the waste gas of a power plant to be captured for subsequent sub-surface storage or for chemical transformation, the companies said.
RWE Power would spend about €9.0m ($11.5m) on the development project, the statement added.
($1 = €0.78)
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