Due to the energy market transition to low carbon energy across Europe, we need to provide a more diverse energy mix. Our aim is, therefore, to shape the future of energy and find innovative ways of producing power even more efficiently.
We find ways to generate energy better every year by constantly bringing our operational experience and latest research findings into our day-to-day business. A lot of our engineering expertise has already been integrated into ten of our biggest power plants that have recently started operation or are still being built all over Europe, such as Pembroke Power Station, the largest and most efficient CCGT in Europe.
However this is not only true for our newly built plants but also for the various technical updates to improve the efficiency and environmental performance of our power stations we regularly carry out all over Europe.
Flexibility in our power plants: With increasing amounts of renewable energy being fed onto the power grid, we need to balance out these strong fluctuations. Therefore how to make power plants more flexible is a key question in Germany and in the Netherlands.
Our newly build fleet: A lot of our engineering expertise has already been integrated into ten of our biggest power plants that have recently started operation or are still being built all over Europe.
Center of coal innovation
Coal will remain a key component of electricity generation for a long time. We are therefore trying to find more efficient ways of using coal as a fuel while permanently reducing CO2 emissions. Methods we have researched and developed include WTA (fluidised-bed drying with internal waste heat utilisation), as well as sustainable industrial use of CO2 in day to day products and industrial raw materials.
At our coal innovation R & D centre next to our Niederaussem plant, one of the technical innovations we have developed is a pilot carbon dioxide washer.
In the near future, we will be erecting a power-to-gas conversion facility; this will use electrical energy to produce hydrogen and methane in order to create a large-scale and convenient storage medium for energy.