The EDF Group, in partnership with Alstom and with the participation ofVeolia Environnement, is involved in creating a research demonstratorfor the capture and storage of CO2 at Unit 4 of EDF’s thermalelectricity plant at Le Havre, in Upper Normandy.
The technology put forward by Alstom and selected by EDF, is that of “amine based post combustion CO2 capture “. It will be tested on the CO2 present in the smoke emissions produced from the burning of coal at the Le Havre thermal energy plant. Amines form the basis of the reaction used to extract the CO2 from the smoke. The “amine washing “ technology is already currently used in the natural gas purification industry. The technology to be tested at Le Havre has been specially developed by the Dow Chemical Company, in partnership with Alstom, for this new application for use within the electricity production industry.
This research demonstrator aims to reduce the plant’s amine and energy consumption whilst also allowing testing of the performance of this new technology within an industrial setting and analysis of its flexibility of use.
Veolia Environnement will bring its environmental expertise to the project, and will be involved in the treatment of effluents from the demonstrator and in the evaluation of the captured CO2.
The project will run from 2010 to 2013 and consist of 3 stages: research, construction and operation. 25% of the financing of the 22 Million Euro project, came from the Research Demonstrator Fund, administered by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency.
The Le Havre research demonstrator represents an essential stage in the development of viable industrial solutions for the capture and storage of CO2.
Alstom is at the forefront of carbon capture technology development. Since 2006, as part of its multi-product strategy, Alstom has announced agreements to test CO2 capture technologies with AEP, Statoil, Vattenfall, E.ON, Total, The Dow Chemical Company, PGE Elektrownia and Transalta. Alstom is mobilising hundreds of employees and has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in support of its goal to make carbon capture technology commercially available within six years. To date, Alstom has started operation at six CO2 capture pilot projects, with EPRI and We Energies in Wisconsin, USA, AEP Mountaineer in the USA, E.ON in Sweden, Vattenfall in Germany, Total in France, and Dow in the USA. Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, and provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind. The group employs some 80,000 people in 70 countries, and had orders of € 24.6 billion in 2008/09.
The EDF Group, one of the leaders in the energy market in Europe, is an integrated energy company active in all businesses: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading. The Group is the leading electricity
producer in Europe. In France, it has mainly nuclear and hydraulic production facilities where 95% of the electricity output involves no CO2 emissions. EDF’s transport and distribution subsidiaries in France operate 1,285,000 km of low and medium voltage overhead and underground electricity lines and around 100,000 km of high and very high voltage networks. The Group is involved in supplying energy and services to around 38 million customers around the world, including close to 28 million in France. The Group generated consolidated sales of €66.3 billion in 2009, of which 49% in Europe excluding France. EDF is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index.
Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) is the worldwide reference in environmental services. With more than 310,000 employees the company has operations all around the world and provides tailored solutions to meet the needs of municipal and industrial customers in four complementary segments: water management, waste management, energy management and freight and passenger transportation. Veolia Environnement recorded revenue of €34,5 billion in 2009.
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