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CCU demonstration plant | TÜV Rheinland

CCU demonstration plant (Carbon Capture and Usage)

Within the framework of the European and nationally funded ALIGN-CCUS project, a pilot plant for the production of a carbon-containing fuel, which can be produced from separated CO2, flue gases and regeneratively produced hydrogen (e.g. methanol or DME), was built at the Niederaußem power plant.

This fuel, which can be used in the transport sector at a later time, represents a cross-sectoral, chemical long-term energy store with a higher energy density than methane or hydrogen.

IndustryPlant engineering
ParticipantsTÜV Rheinland Industry Service GmbH
Time frameJune 2019 until November 2020
Project LocationRWE Niederaußem power plant, NRW, Bergheim
Main servicesSafety engineering support during the construction of the pilot plant with regard to the hazards pressure and explosion protection
  • Safer commissioning and operation of the plant
  • Use of the produced carbonaceous fuel in the transport sector
  • Manufactured fuel as a long-term chemical energy store


Safety and quality in almost all areas of business and life: TÜV Rheinland has stood for this for almost 150 years. Creating quality and safety for ever new products and technologies in ever new markets. Today, the company is committed to this with more than 21,000 employees in many countries around the globe and a worldwide network of testing and laboratory centers. On the threshold of the fourth industrial revolution, exciting questions are at stake: How can self-controlling industrial systems and the "Internet of Things" be controlled? What do data protection and information security mean in the digitally networked world? What measures can be taken to make energy supply and mobility environmentally and consumer-friendly?

Global standards for new technologies are needed to minimize the risks associated with the use of innovative products and processes. While around 150 years ago, it was steam engines that became safer thanks to the work of TÜV Rheinland, today the focus is on storage systems for renewable energies, the safety of networked industrial plants, artificial intelligence, or the development of a sustainable hydrogen economy, for example.