The solution for testing new power plants
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a concept in use worldwide for the capture and storage of CO2, and which is expected to make a significant contribution to fighting the greenhouse effect. In the context of ambitious climate protection targets (the European Union aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020, and by 60-80% by 2050), the operators of power plants are today already required to ensure that newly built power plants are capable of retrofitting with suitable CCS technology. The objective verification of this is provided by the “Carbon Capture Readiness” certification from TÜV NORD CERT.
Fulfilling future requirements today
Voluntary certification under the TÜV NORD standard is suitable for fossil fuel-fired power plants and other CO2-intensive plants planned and/or commissioned after 2008, e.g. in the steel, cement and chemical industries. Within the framework of the audit, the technical and spatial circumstances are assessed, as are the concepts for the transport and storage of CO2. The basis for this is a European Union directive, which was to be implemented in national law by the middle of 2011.
Trust through transparency
After successful testing, the operators of the aforementioned plants receive confirmation that they are “Carbon Capture Ready”, which is valid for 2.5 years. This serves as objective verification for public authorities – e.g. in approval processes – that those plants can be retrofitted with a carbon capture plant. Furthermore, the certification offers a clear definition of terms for “Carbon Capture Ready”, and thus increases transparency for all parties. The certification generates additional public confidence in the statements of operators.