Schwarze Pumpe power station

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Schwarze Pumpe power station
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Schwarze Pumpe power station is located in Germany
Schwarze Pumpe power station
Location of Schwarze Pumpe power station in Germany
Official name Kraftwerk Schwarze Pumpe
Country Germany
Location Schwarze Pumpe district in Spremberg
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Status Operational
Commission date 1997
Owner(s) Vattenfall Europe
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Coal
Power generation
Units operational 2
Nameplate capacity 1600 MW

Schwarze Pumpe power station (German: Kraftwerk Schwarze Pumpe translated: Black Pump Power Station) is a modern lignite-fired power station in the "Schwarze Pumpe" (Black Pump) district in Spremberg, Germany consisting of 2 × 800 megawatts (MW) units. It came into service in 1997-98 and was built by Siemens. It is owned by the utility Vattenfall.[1]

The steam generator is 161 metres (528 ft) high and has an observation deck on its top.

New CCS pilot plant

On 26 May 2006 in the Schwarze Pumpe industrial area, construction work started on the world's first "carbon-dioxide free" oxyfuel test facility in pilot scale. The details below are excellent for understanding the pilot plant, but Vattenfall stopped carbon capture R&D at the plant in 2014 because they found "its costs and the energy it requires makes the technology unviable." This is a facility with a thermal power of 30 MW, following the so-called Oxyfuel method to burn the coal with pure Oxygen and Nitrogen-free exhaust. The resulting carbon dioxide will be compressed and liquefied. It will then be put into geologic formations and stored so as not to contribute to global warming. Aim of the plant is not to produce electricity but steam which is then used by the nearby industry. The facility will be commissioned in summer 2008 and serve as a prototype for larger power plants. Environmentalists have criticized the facility, because of the high level of carbon dioxide it emits in comparison with other fossil fuels. In their opinion a greater impact on the reduction of global warming could have been obtained for the same money through investments in more on renewable energies, and efficient power production and use.[2] On May 14 2016 Vattenvall reported that environmental campaigners tried to force the power plant to shut down by occupying the coal transport railway tracks into the plant. 120 people were arrested. 2,000 climate activists occupied different areas of the nearby mine Welzow-Süd and the rails of the coal transport trains in order to stop the fuel supply to the power plant Schwarze Pumpe and thereby enforce a stop of plant operation.


  1. "Schwarze Pumpe power station". Siemens. 2005-07-07. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  2. Tim Mansel (2005-07-02). "Germany plans C02-free power plant". BBC. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 

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