RWE Traps First Ton of Carbon at Welsh Coal Power Plant

RWE AG’s U.K. unit captured the first ton of carbon dioxide in a test project at a Welsh power station as it seeks to gain experience of the technology before it can be rolled out on a commercial scale.

The pilot carbon-capture facility will trap about 50 tons of CO2 a day from smokestack gases at the Aberthaw coal-fired plant, RWE Npower said today in an e-mailed statement. That’s the same amount of CO2 produced from 3 megawatts of power generation.

“This pilot plant at Aberthaw will provide invaluable data on the viability of capturing carbon at an industrial scale,” Kevin Nix, head of U.K. hard coal and gas at the company’s RWE Generation unit, said in the statement.

Carbon capture and storage, or CCS, gathers climate-change linked emissions from power stations and factories for storage underground. The technology is yet to operate at full-scale on a power plant.