Fossil-fuel Power Station - Greening of Fossil Fuel Power Plants

Greening of Fossil Fuel Power Plants

Several methods exist to improve the efficiency of fossil fuel power plants. A frequently used and cost-efficient method is to convert a plant to run on a different fuel. This includes conversions for biomass and waste. Conversions to waste-fired power plants have the benefit of reducing landfilling. In addition, waste-fired power plants can be equipped with material recovery, which is also beneficial to the environment.

Regardless of the conversion, a truly green fossil fuel power plant implements carbon capture and storage (CCS). CCS means that the exhaust CO2 is not released into the environment and the fossil fuel power plant becomes an emissionless power plant. A 2006 example of a CCS fossil fuel power plant is the pilot Elsam power station near Esbjerg, Denmark.

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