RWE Innovation Centre – Multi-fuel conversion
RWE Innovation Centre – Multi-fuel conversion

Innovative material recycling plant added to Innovation Centre in Niederaussem

Multi fuel conversion

The positive connotations of sewage sludge may be few and far between, but RWE sees things differently. The ITZ-CC1 project has set itself the goal of making carbon and phosphorus found in sewage sludge usable again. A pilot plant has therefore been built at the Niederaussem Innovation Centre which encompasses the entire conversion chain from the introduction of the sewage sludge and other raw materials containing carbon into a high-temperature conversion reactor through to the recovery of phosphorus products and synthesis gas. The plant went into operation in 2021.

The costs of the project amount to approximately €6.7 million and 50 percent of this is being funded by the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Detailed background information on the process and the use of sewage sludge as a raw material can be found here.

1) ITZ-CC: Definition and demonstration project for the establishment of a virtual innovation and technology centre (ITZ) on material use of sustainable carbon sources (carbon conversion, CC) in North-Rhine-Westphalia

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