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Coal Innovation Centre

Research in Niederaussem – a centre dedicated to the future of coal

How does a CO2 scrubbing plant work? How can carbon dioxide be turned into a valuable raw material? RWE Power works on answering questions like these in its Coal Innovation Centre at its Niederaussem power plant site. The company has already initiated major research and development projects dealing with the future of coal. RWE Power set up the Innovation Centre in order to familiarise the public with these topics in an understandable, transparent and entertaining way. Furthermore, it offers international experts the opportunity to engage in a dialogue about world-leading power plant technology. 

The region researches and the world benefits

RWE truly brings this statement to life in Niederaussem. Through technical innovation, we wish to make coal viable as an energy source for the future. After all, coal will continue to play a central role in power generation in the decades to come, as confirmed by extensive analyses undertaken by reputable institutes such as PROGNOS AG from Basel and the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne. For this reason, we bundle our pioneering activities at the Niederaussem power plant site and have invested over 100 million euros in research and development in recent years. Our projects go straight from the site to the workbench, so to speak.

Our aim: to achieve significant reductions in CO₂ emissions

RWE is committed to making coal-fired power generation more efficient and to reducing CO2 emissions over the long term. At our Innovation Centre, we are testing in a prototype facility the potential of pre-drying lignite using the fluidised bed drying (WTA) process, which could boost the efficiency of future lignite-fired power plants by 10 %. And we are also developing solutions for CO2 capture and storage (CCS technologies) in the form of CO2 scrubbing as a retrofit option for existing power plants.

On our website, we present the many projects that are underway at the Coal Innovation Centre in a clear, understandable way, with plenty of additional background information, films and downloads: