Demonstration Project Jänschwalde

  • Project phase
  • Operational by
  • Facility type
    Power generation
  • Project type
    Integrated CCS project
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Project overview

The CCS demonstration project Jänschwalde is the link between the pilot plant and the commercial concept that is to be developed. In the demonstration plant, the technology’s commercial abilities will be proven whereas in the pilot plant the technology itself and the process are validated. The power plant Jänschwalde was chosen as the demonstration site, because it is a completely permitted power plant in full operation with ample lignite resources in proximity. The power plant Jänschwalde is located in Germany in the state of Brandenburg, approximately 120 km southeast of Berlin, not far from the town of Peitz. The facility was constructed unit-wise between 1976 and 1988 and was subsequently retrofitted between 1991 and 1996. Next to Unit F, to the east and the north, there is an area available that is suitable for the construction of larger facilities. The combination of two different CO2 capture technologies (Oxyfuel and PCC) allows both technologies to be demonstrated and developed for commercial application. A feasibility study investigated both the concept and design of the PCC & the Oxyfuel process at demonstration scale, as well as the integration of necessary components into the existing power plant site at Jänschwalde. Both techniques were considered from a thermo-dynamic point of view, as well as regarding arrangement and integration into the complete cycle. Oxyfuel technology was chosen on account of its potential to obtain high efficiency rates when applied to newly built power plants, as well as its superior capture rate as compared to PCC and IGCC technology options. Moreover, Oxyfuel technology shows a comparable process flow to conventional power plants with respect to boiler, dust removal, flue gas treatment. The extremely positive results seen at the Vattenfall Oxyfuel pilot plant at Schwarze Pumpe in combination with the resulting expertise invested in highly advanced personnel training will be transferred to operations at the Jänschwalde demonstration plant. This experience provides a strong argument for the continued selection of Oxyfuel technology. The rationale behind PCC is that it is the best option to retrofit existing power plants, and therefore worthwhile for study and demonstration. The Oxyfuel part of the Demo plant will have an installed capacity of 250MW while the PCC part will capture CO2 equaling 50MW. All in all, 1,7 million tons of CO2 shall be captured and stored underground each year. Integrating two capture technologies in one demonstration plant will increase the complexity of the project, but will also deliver more important results regarding future commercial implementation of CCS. Also, the commercial phase will require the retrofit of existing power plants with post-combustion technology, at the same time constructing new power plants/units which use other capture technology options (e.g. Oxyfuel) at the same location. A big commercial advantage would exist if both technologies could use the same CO2 transport and storage infrastructure. This project will deliver the answers to these important questions.

Summary of policy background on CCS

Strategic related to Vattenfall’s ambition to reduce its specific CO2-emissions by 50% until 2030 and to produce heat and electricity climate neutral by 2050, while fossil fuels are still needed for security of supply.

Permitting Background

Permitting for capture, transport and storage is necessary. Capture permission is based on existing law for power plants. Permission for transport and storage will be based on a CCS law.

Research & development partnerships

Vattenfall Research & Development AB

Project funding sources

EEPR: 180 M€

Uncertainties with CCS law stop Vattenfall investment in demo pl

Due to the ongoing impasse in the German CCS law, Vattenfall now sees itself forced to stop plans for its CCS demonstration project in Jänschwalde. The company today announced the termination of the planned EUR 1.5 billion investment. On ht


Udo Gade
Head of Coal, Lignite and CCS Asset Development
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Project facts & figures

  • Facility size
    300 MWe
  • CO2 emissions
    3.5 MtCO2/year
  • Capture percentage
  • Transport volume/distance
    1.7 MtCO2/year/50 to 300 km
  • CO2 stored
    0 MtCO2
  • Storage location
    Saline aquifer Birkholz/Beeskow, saline aquifer Neutrebbin, depleted natural gas field Altmark
  • Storage volume
    100 to 500 MtCO2
  • Storage type
    Depleted natural gas field or deep saline aquifer, onshore

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