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Siemens and E.ON Kraftwerke to build pilot CO2 capture plant for coal-fired power plants

19.02.2009
Joint press release from Siemens AG and E.ON Kraftwerke GmbH

Siemens and E.ON Kraftwerke are to build a pilot CO2 capture plant at the E.ON power plant Staudinger in Grosskrotzenburg near Hanau. The two companies are thus pushing further ahead with the development of a process geared toward climate-compatible power generation. A lab-proven process is to be employed under real operating conditions at the power plant’s hard-coal-fired Staudinger Unit 5. The pilot plant is scheduled to start operation in the summer of 2009.

In the future, too, it will not be possible to meet the rapidly growing power demand without using fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. The challenge is to attain a significant reduction of the CO2 emissions associated with the combustion of fossil fuels. In this context CO2 capture and storage technologies will be of decisive importance. They have to be tested for deployment in large plants, developed further and brought to market readiness.

With the post-combustion capture process developed by Siemens CO2 is removed from the power plant’s flue gas using special cleaning agents before the cleaned gases are discharged to atmosphere via the plant’s stack. One of the advantages of this technology is that it can be backfitted to the well-known thermal power plant process. Siemens has been developing this technology for several years at the Frankfurt-Hoechst industrial park. This process is characterized among other things by good environmental compatibility, comparatively low energy consumption and only very low loss of the cleaning agent used. In the pilot plant the cleaning agent’s long-term chemical stability and the efficiency of the process will be put to the test under real power plant conditions. In parallel, the technology will be further optimized in terms of energy consumption.

The pilot plant will be operated with part of the flue gas from Unit 5. E.ON Kraftwerke and Siemens intend to run the pilot plant on the site of the Staudinger power plant until the end of 2010.

This project is being sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics under the terms of the COORETEC Initiative. It is part of the federal government’s 5th Energy Research Program “Innovation and New Energy Technologies” and promotes research and development in the field of low-CO2 power plant technologies.

“Because of its extensive experience both in the development of chemical processes and in power plant construction Siemens has the best credentials for successful development of an efficient CO2-capture process,” said Michael Suess, CEO of the Fossil Power Generation Division of Siemens Energy. “The results achieved and the operating performance of the pilot plant will serve as the basis for large-scale demonstration plants, which are scheduled to start operation in the middle of the next decade.”

“As a major contribution toward climate protection E.ON is planning industrial-scale CO2 capture and storage for coal-fired power plants starting in 2020. Operation of this pilot plant together with Siemens is a major step in this direction,” said Gerhard Seibel, Technical Director responsible for new units at E.ON Kraftwerke.

The Siemens Energy Sector is the world’s leading supplier of a complete spectrum of products, services and solutions for the generation, transmission and distribution of power and for the extraction, conversion and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2008 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of approximately EUR22.6 billion and received new orders totaling approximately EUR33.4 billion and posted a profit of EUR1.4 billion. On September 30, 2008, the Energy Sector had a work force of approximately 83,500.

E.ON Kraftwerke is the specialist within the E.ON Group for planning, building and operating coal- and gas-fired power plants. Approximately 4,700 employees of E.ON Kraftwerke and its subsidiaries generated sales of around EUR4 billion in 2008. The business objective is to generate electric energy in a climate-friendly, safe and economical way. As a large and responsible power generator, E.ON Kraftwerke is constantly working to further develop the technology for coal- and gas-fired power plants in the Group. The continuous reduction of emissions is a result of these efforts. E.ON Kraftwerke currently operates around 50 power plant blocks which have a combined installed capacity of 14,000 megawatts. In 2008, they fed about 50 billion kilowatt hours of electricity into the public grid. E.ON Kraftwerke currently has around 20 power plant projects in Europe, with a projected power output of around 15,000 MW. For more information, please visit www.eon-kraftwerke.com.

Press contacts:

Siemens AG
Press Office Energy
Alfons Benzinger
Tel. +49 9131/18-7034
Fax: +49 9131/18-7039
E-mail: alfons.benzinger@siemens.com
E.ON Kraftwerke GmbH
Corporate Communications
Dr. Clemens Tauber
Tresckowstraße 5
30457 Hannover, Germany
Phone: +49 511 439 4774
E-mail: clemens.tauber@eon-energie.com
Reference Number: EFP 200902.023 e

Alfons Benzinger | Siemens Energy
Further information:
http://www.siemens.com/energy

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