Vattenfall Oxyfuel Combustion Plant in Germany
A Coal fired power station that does not release any CO2 into the atmosphere is due to start operating in Germany soon.
According to reports, it will be the first coal-fired plant in the world that captures and stores its own CO2 emissions.
The station is a 5 MW pilot project for carbon capture and storage (CCS) and if it works, there is a chance that it could become mandatory technology for all new power stations in Kyoto signatory countries, and elsewhere.
The technology involves breathing pure oxygen into the boiler and burning powdered lignite. The outcome will be heat, water vapour, impurities and nine tonnes of CO2 an hour which is then separated and compressed to one 500th of its original volume.
The plant operators, Vattenfall, have been working on the project for two years. To watch video and listen to commentary about the new technology, click here.