The future starts now
The power plant mix in Germany is on the verge of being fundamentally modernised. TÜV NORD prepares new constructions for tackling the requirements and demands of the future: We help operators configure their systems for using carbon capture and storage technologies (CCS) and implement them now for the upcoming climate protection requirements.
After all, the high percentage of outdated systems and the resolve to phase out nuclear power requires renewing or replacing the power plant output in the ensuing ten to twenty years by nearly 40 gigawatts. In addition, the German federal government has committed itself to massively reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Clear the way for low-CO2 power plants
CCS, a procedure to sequester and capture CO2, has been specified in the German government's Integrated Climate and Energy Programme as a vital option in managing the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. A legal framework is currently being developed for CCS. Within this context, power plant operators are required to configure new power plants so that they can be subsequently retrofitted with CCS technology.
The power plant and climate protection experts of TÜV NORD have developed a catalogue of binding requirements for new power plant constructions. It defines exactly which criteria must be met in order to legitimately designate a new power plant project as "carbon capture ready". The criteria are developed with respect to the current state of knowledge and compiled in the TÜV NORD Climate Change Standard TN-CC 006. Power plant operators who are certified according to this standard can provide the public and authorities with documentation verifying that their plants can employ carbon capture technology and that their power plants meet the future climate protection objectives. After a successful inspection, a certificate is issued, which is valid for 2.5 years and can be extended after it expires through a follow-up inspection for another 2.5 years.
The advantages of the certification at a glance:
- Verification of the ability to retrofit a carbon capture plant
- Unique definition of being "carbon capture ready"
- Increased transparency for all parties involved
- Support for operators who must immediately start adopting the future climate protection requirements