AIR POLLUTION CONTROL
CLEAN AIR THANKS TO ULTRA-MODERN TECHNOLOGY

During the production of the energy necessary for the chemical industrial park as well as for the production processes in the plants, substances are released into the air. In order to keep their negative impact as low as possible for you and the environment, they are already taken into account in the planning stages, greatly minimized in operations by using modern environmental technology and continually monitored.

All plants at the Chemical Industrial Park Knapsack are subject to an extensive approval procedure conducted by the regional administration of Cologne before being commissioned. This process also ascertains whether or not the permissible prescriptive limits for air pollutants can be adhered to using appropriate emissions control systems and whether the plants are state of the art.

CONTINUOUS POLLUTION CONTROL

The amount of pollutants in a plant's exhaust air is monitored by the operating company concerned and also checked regularly by external surveyors in accordance with legal regulations. In some cases, the measured data are sent straight to the responsible regulatory authorities via remote electronic transmission. In Alt-Hürth, which is located near the chemical park, the air quality is monitored continually by the state authority for environment and consumer protection.

Over the past decades it has thus been possible to progressively reduce emissions and pollution emitting from the production plants in the area surrounding the Chemical Industrial Park Knapsack. In particular, the total amount of dust in the air (-99%) and the proportion of inorganic gases and vapors (-98%) have been drastically reduced.

This development is partly the result of structural change. At the same time, it demonstrates the successful efforts of all the companies to further reduce the ecological impact by investing in improved exhaust purification technologies and process-integrated environmental protection measures.

ENERGY SUPPLY

The reliable and economical supply of sufficient energy is one of the most important prerequisites for the chemical industry. The chemical park operator InfraServ Knapsack provides the manufacturing companies with the necessary energies in the form of electricity and process steam.

The continuous main load of the energy supply is borne by the refuse-derived fuel (RDF) power plant of E.ON Energy from Waste, where up to 300,000 tons of refuse-derived fuel are thermally utilized every year. This service is complemented by the combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant of the Norwegian energy company Statkraft. With 800 MW of installed capacity it is one of the largest CCGT power plants in Germany. A further combined gas turbine power plant with capacity of 400 MW is currently under construction. The energy supply of the Chemiepark Knapsack is thus guaranteed, also at peak load time. 

ENERGY SUPPLY

The reliable and economical supply of sufficient energy is one of the most important prerequisites for the chemical industry. The chemical park operator InfraServ Knapsack provides the manufacturing companies with the necessary energies in the form of electricity and process steam.

The continuous main load of the energy supply is borne by the refuse-derived fuel (RDF) power plant of E.ON Energy from Waste, where up to 300,000 tons of refuse-derived fuel are thermally utilized every year. This service is complemented by the combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant of the Norwegian energy company Statkraft. With 800 MW of installed capacity it is one of the largest CCGT power plants in Germany. A further combined gas turbine power plant with capacity of 400 MW is currently under construction. The energy supply of the Chemiepark Knapsack is thus guaranteed, also at peak load time.