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Eco-friendly power generation – Siemens develops CO2 capture technology for combined cycle power plants

Siemens Energy is to adapt its proprietary process for carbon dioxide capture to the special conditions prevalent in and mode of operation of combined-cycle power plants for the Norwegian utility Statkraft.

The project kicked off in January 2009 and is scheduled to be completed within two years. This technology will then be available for industrial-scale applications.

Fossil energy will remain the cornerstone of power generation for the foreseeable future. The task to be performed here is to meet increasing energy demand while simultaneously protecting our environment. "Technical innovations are the most important lever for combating climate change effectively,” said Michael Suess, CEO of the Fossil Power Generation Division of Siemens Energy.

Siemens is already working on a proprietary process for CO2 capture from the flue gas of coal-fired power plants. "Cooperation with Statkraft will allow us to now further develop this future-oriented technology to also permit its use in gas-fired combined cycle power plants ", Suess added.

Combined cycle power plants are in great demand throughout the world due to their high efficiency and low environmental impact. They do, however, impose stringent requirements on the process used for CO2 capture. Their flue gas has a lower CO2 concentration than that in coal-fired plants while simultaneously exhibiting a high oxygen content, conditions which have a very negative impact on known solvents.

"The agreement also includes investigations into the behavior of our solvent under these special flue-gas conditions,” said Tobias Jockenhoevel, head of Post-Combustion Technology in the Fossil Power Generation Division. "We will also be matching the CO2 capture process to the dynamic load profile of combined cycle power plants, which is characterized by frequent load cycling. We will optimize the entire process to enable easy backfitting of a CO2 capture system in future combined cycle power plants.”

The technology for CO2 capture from the flue gas of power plants is an important feature of the Siemens environmental portfolio. In 2008, revenue from the products and solutions of Siemens environmental portfolio was nearly EUR 19 billion, which is equivalent to around a quarter of Siemens total revenue.

Siemens AG
Press Office Energy
Alfons Benzinger
Tel. +49 9131/18-7034
Fax: +49 9131/18-7039
Reference Number: EFP 200903.031 e

Alfons Benzinger | Siemens Energy
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