Multi fuel conversion

Innovative recycling plant becomes part of the Coal Innovation Centre in Niederaussem

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STA02-multi-fuel-conversion

The positive connotations of sewage sludge may be few and far between, but RWE sees things differently. The “Definition project to establish a virtual innovation and technology centre (ITZ) for the use of sustainable carbon sources to produce materials (carbon conversion/CC) in North Rhine-Westphalia”, in short ITZ-CC, has set itself the goal of making carbon and phosphorus found in sewage sludge reusable. In an initial sub-project, preparatory work for the construction and authorisation of a plant, which encompasses the entire conversion chain from the introduction of the sewage sludge and other raw materials containing carbon into a gasifier through to the production of phosphorus products and synthesis gas, will continue until the end of 2019. The plant itself is expected to be completed in a second project phase starting in 2020. The costs of the initial phase amount to approximately €2 million and 50% 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.

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