Germany still uses plenty of coal to keep the country’s power plants and appliances running, but industrial giant BASF SE is stepping in with a pilot scrubbing plant that will help remove greenhouse gases from air emitted by thermal power stations.
According to BASF (OTC:BASFY), the 9 million euro joint project with power company RWE AG (OTC:RWEOY) and Linde Group (ETR:LIN) is being 40% financed by the German government.
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The first tests at the pilot plant already delivered promising results in July this year. The pilot plant is capable of capturing roughly 300 kilograms of CO2 per hour from a partial flow of power station flue gases. Capture efficiency is 90 percent. All aspects of CO2 scrubbing will be investigated at the plant under realistic conditions. In this way the companies hope to gather experience for later large-scale plants that will be retrofitted in modern coal- or gas-fired power stations from 2020.
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