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Germany’s RWE begins carbon capture at UK coal power plant

EBR Staff Writer Published 18 January 2013

German electric utility RWE has captured the first ton of carbon in a pilot project in the UK, reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power generating stations.

The project at the Aberthaw coal plant in Wales is expected to test retrieving carbon emitted by 3MW of generation capacity over the next two years.

In addition, the pilot project will indicate whether carbon capture technology could be expanded to a full-scale power generating station.

Shell-owned Cansolv Technologies has developed the technology being used at the Aberthaw plant, and it can capture around 50 tons of carbon each day.

Commenting on the pilot project, RWE Generation chief executive Matthias Hartung said, "The carbon capture pilot plant is another step on the road to giving us the choice of technologies we need to create a modern, efficient and diverse energy portfolio that is capable of guaranteeing continuity of supply, while reducing costs and carbon emissions."

RWE Generation UK hard coal and gas head Kevin Nix stated, "This pilot plant at Aberthaw will provide invaluable data on the viability of capturing carbon at an industrial scale, and help RWE to better understand how this technology could be used to reduce carbon emissions at coal-fired power stations."

The company will work with Britain's Environment Agency to track carbon capture process' impact on the surroundings of the power plant.