Hitachi, EON, Electrabel Join Forces to Test Carbon Capture

April 18, 2008
The goal of the project is to design, build and operate a test facility to learn about the behavior of different solvents in the process for CO2 capture from flue gases.

Japan's Hitachi, German energy group EON and Belgium group Electrabel are joining forces to design and run a carbon capture test center, the companies said on April 17. Carbon dioxide capture and storage is seen as a major potential boon in the global attempt to cut down on the greenhouse gas in the fight against climate change.

The target of the joint project is "to design, build and operate a test facility to investigate the behavior of different solvents in the process for CO2 capture from flue gases," thy said. Hitachi Power Europe will be responsible for the design, set up and the operation of the test facility which will be able to be moved around to Electrabel and EON Kraftwerke sites in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and other European countries wherever it is "technically most interesting," the statement added. Electrabel and EON Kraftwerke will integrate the test facility in their power plants so as to perform the test programs under real conditions.

As well as CO2 capture, the three industry partners will be seeking to increase efficiency, especially for turbine and steam generators, and to reduce emissions in general.

The development of carbon capture and storage techniques is part of an ambitious EU project to cut its overall greenhouse gas emissions by 20% in 2020 from 1990 levels. Under the plans, the use of renewable energies like biomass, wind and solar power will rise to 20% of all European energy forms. Biofuels will also have to make up 10% of fuels used for transport.

Carbon capture and storage works by capturing carbon dioxide emissions as they are produced by power stations and then storing them underground, so that they cannot interact with the atmosphere and produce the greenhouse effect. However the technology is in its infancy. The first EU-supported pilot project opened near Esbjerg, Denmark in 2006.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2008

Popular Sponsored Recommendations

Simulation can accelerate the ROI of digital transformation - Ebook

July 12, 2023
Using simulation in conjunction with your design software can help your business reach its productivity goals.

Goodridge Boosts Productivity & Saves Costs by Moving to the Cloud!

Dec. 4, 2023
With Infor's cloud solutions, Goodridge has been able to greatly increase overall productivity, cost savings, data visibility, and automation. This case study discusses the many...

How to Build Zero-Cost On-Site Solar and Storage Projects

Nov. 25, 2023
The Inflation Reduction Act offers tax credits, incentives, and financing that enable no-cost projects. In Enel’s eBook, discover the critical role that incentives play in your...

Decarbonization Navigator: A Toolkit for Organizations

Sept. 28, 2023
The increasing urgency of addressing climate change along with stakeholder pressures are driving the need for organizations to prioritize decarbonization. Discover how to start...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of IndustryWeek, create an account today!