That coal will go on being a central component in power generation in the decades to come has been confirmed in comprehensive studies by reputable institutes, like Basel-based PROGNOS AG or the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne.

Viewed against this backdrop, our strategy is to make power generation from coal more efficient and to lower CO2 emissions in the long run. At our Coal Innovation Centre in Niederaussem, a prototype plant is examining the possibility of increasing the efficiency of future lignite-fired power plants by 10% by using lignite dried in the so-called fluidized-bed process (WTA). And we are working on solutions for CO2 capture and storage/usage (CCS/CCU) technologies: for existing power stations, we are developing so-called CO2-scrubbing systems as a retrofit option.