Erlangen, Germany, February 10, 2010 — Longview Power, LLC, owner of the power generation facility currently under construction in Maidsville, W.V., has selected Siemens Energy to conduct a study analyzing the applicability of post-combustion carbon dioxide capture technology.
The Longview Power project includes a new 695-MW rated advanced supercritical pulverized coal power plant equipped with Siemens’ advanced air pollution control equipment.
The study will include process design activities focused on the potential application of Siemens’ second generation amino acid salt post-combustion carbon capture (POSTCAP) process. In addition to the power generation equipment, Siemens provided the air quality control system and will optimize the existing AQCS to accommodate the POSTCAP technology.
Longview is on track to become one of the cleanest, most efficient and most technically advanced coal-fired power plants in the U.S. The $2-billion project includes a $500-million investment in sophisticated environmental control systems. Longview Power is owned by Longview Power, LLC, which is in turn majority-owned by GenPower Holdings, L.P.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA), the amount of CO2 produced from the combustion of fossil fuels in the U.S. is nearly 5.7 billion metric tons with approximately 33 percent coming from the coal-fired electric power sector.
Climate change legislation pending in the U.S. Congress may require a reduction in CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants. The successful completion of the Siemens POSTCAP feasibility study for Longview can help establish the necessary parameters to allow a demonstration plant to be realized.
Post-combustion CO2 capture technology is part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2009, revenue from the portfolio totaled about EUR23 billion, making Siemens the world’s largest supplier of environmentally friendly technologies. In the same period, the company’s products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their CO2emissions by 210 million tons. This amount equals the combined annual CO2emissions of New York, Tokyo, London and Berlin.