Steam Rises From Cooling Towers At Coal Fired Power Plant

Neurath, Germany

At this lignite (brown coal)-fired power plant, the second largest carbon emitter in Europe, exhaust flue gases from the steam boiler furnaces have been ducted away from the old, retired smokestacks visible at bottom and into the rectangular scrubber structures left and right of the cooling towers. In the scrubbers a flue-gas desulfurization process removes sulfur dioxide, which causes acid rain, but does not remove other pollutants like mercury and lead