Germany starts carbon dioxide storage from flue gases

The first successful injection from Schwarze Pumpe in the test storage site in Ketzin happened on May 4th. The R&D site in Ketzin is run by the German Research Centre for Geosciences, GFZ. Until then, only food-grade CO2 has been injected in Ketzin and this is the first time CO2 derived from the flue gases of a CCS plant has been injected.

– We are delighted that the CO2 produced in Schwarze Pumpe will be used in Ketzin. It allows us to make an important contribution to research in the field of CO2 storage and helps to further advance the development of CCS, says Dr. Wolfgang Rolland Managing Director of Vattenfall Europe Carbon Storage GmbH in a press release

The pilot-scale injection site in Ketzin is the first European research site for geological storage in an on-shore saline aquifer. Since June 2008, around 48,500 tonnes of food grade CO2 have been injected and stored here. The injection of CO2 from a CCS capture plant is realised within the framework of a research project, CO2MAN, partly funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education.