PROJECT PROPONENTS: E.ON and Fluor
LOCATION: Wilhelmshaven, near Bremen, Germany
PROJECT STATUS: Ongoing. The pilot was commissioned in the first half of 2012.
CO2 CAPTURE CAPACITY: 70 tonnes per day
CO2 CAPTURE SOURCE: Wilhelmshaven 757 MW (net) coal-fired power plant near Bremen
CAPTURE TYPE: Post-combustion capture
CAPTURE METHOD: Absorption chemical solvent-based process (Amine) – the process design of the pilot is based on Fluor’s proprietary Econamine FG PlusSM technology
The pilot plant captures CO2 from a side stream of approximately 3.5 MWe from the 757 MW (net) Wilhelmshaven coal-fired power station. The pilot plant is designed to treat a flue gas volume of 19,500 cubic metres per hour, capturing 90 per cent of the CO2 or 70 tonnes of CO2 per day at full capacity. The pilot plant had achieved 4,500 hours of operation through to the first quarter of 2014.
The test program has a number of objectives, including:
- Demonstrate EFG+ technology on coal flue gas
- Validate process innovations for energy reduction
- Test and validate next generation EFG+ solvent
- Test construction materials selection.
The following aspects of the Econamine FG process are being tested:
- Multi-stage Direct Contact Cooler (DCC)
- Absorber intercooling
- Lean vapour recompression
- Advanced reclaimer configuration
- Trace component measurements.
Pilot plant operational results can be found in:
“Lessons learnt from the operation of a post-combustion pilot plant at a coal fired power plant in Wilhelmshaven, Germany”, Satish Reddy, etc al, Thirteenth Annual Conference on Carbon Capture, Utilisation & Storage, April 28-May 1, 2014, Pittsburgh