BUTE SBC: The long-term strategy of Matra Power Plant

The long-term strategy of Matra Power Plant

The second presentation of the Laszlo Verebelÿ memorial semester was organized on February 25th, 2016 by the Budapest University of Technology and Economics IEEE Joint IAS/PES Student Branch Chapter. Jozsef Valaska, the consultant of the RWE Hungary held a lecture about the Matra Power Plant’s future.  With his knowledge and experience probably he was the best choice to present this topic.

Figure 1: Matra Power Plant (background) and the PV panels

Matra Power Palant with an installed output of 950 MW is the largest lignit-fired power plant in Hungary. Due to the CO2 tax and the low price of electricity produced by other type of power plants, they are figthing for survival. Previously, an industrial park had been established in the area of the power plant, where drywall, starch and masonry elements are produced form the by-products of firing. It boosted the company’s earnings so far. In addition, the operating license will run down in 2025, so more improvements have to be carried out for the further operation. The most likely option is to build a brand new 500-600 MW oxy fuel-fired block. The generated CO2 would be transformed into Metan with 100 MW solar panels. Among others for this reason a 16 MW solar power plant was built in 2015.