At the Niederaussem power plant in Bergheim, the world's most modern lignite-fired power-station unit went on stream in 2003 under the name "BoA 1". We are bundling our research projects for reducing and using CO2 at this plant and in its technology. Research and development projects form an important component in our CO2 climate-protection strategy. The Niederaussem location is thus becoming a "Coal Innovation Centre". This is where we are gaining valuable insights that can be ported to other projects and plants. This is also where we propose to step up our exchanges with the international, specialist community.
In a prototype plant, we are bringing our in-house development of the fluidized-bed drying of lignite with internal waste heat utilization (WTA) up to industrial-scale maturity. The aim here is to increase the efficiency of lignite-based power generation by a further ten percentage points to more than 47%.Read more
The research project "High-performance scrubber REAplus" is set to tap opportunities for further emission reductionsRead more
The pilot CO2 scrubber trials the capture of carbon dioxide from the flue gas.Read more
RWE's algae project, which is unique worldwide, is investigating possibilities for binding CO2 captured from power plants' flue gases onto plant substances and making these usable. Read more
Converting carbon dioxide with microorganisms into biomass or straight into valuable materials – that is what our research cooperation with BRAIN AG is all about.Read more
Together with partners, our "Dream Production" project is investigating the sustainable use of CO2 as high-quality plastics.Read more
The aim of the CO2RRECT research project is to convert CO2 from power-plant flue gases with hydrogen into synthesis gas, a versatile raw material used by industry.Read more