LEILAC DRONE (19 april 2019)


The LEILAC technology is based on Calix’s Direct Separation technology, which aims to enable the efficient capture of the unavoidable process carbon emissions, derived from its original application in the magnesite industry. Applying and scaling up the technology to the cement industry carries a large number of risks. To quickly and effectively apply this technology, the European-Australian collaboration LEILAC projects include consortia of some of the world’s largest cement, and lime companies, as well as leading research and environmental institutions.

LEILAC will deliver a stepchange in the efficiency of capturing CO2 emissions. See www.project-leilac.eu for more information and follow it on twitter under ‘ProjectLEILAC’.

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Podcast "CO2 Direct Separation for cement decarbonisation" feat. James O’Loghlin & Simon Thomsen

In the fourth Episode, James O’Loghlin talks with Simon Thomsen, Project Engineer at Calix and responsible for the R&D on the LEILAC 2 project about how LEILAC Carbon Capture technology is applied to the cement industry.

The LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement) projects will seek to prove a new type of carbon capture technology can be applied to the cement and lime industries, called Direct Separation. This technology provides a common platform for CCUS in both the cement and lime industries, and seeks to effectively “future-proof” these industries against tighter emissions standards for CO2 emission reductions and CO2 capture.

The LEILAC1 project developed, built and operates a pilot plant at the HeidelbergCement plant in Lixhe, Belgium to demonstrate this technology is unique because it aims to enable the capture of the unavoidable process CO2 emissions from both industries without significant energy or capital penalty other than compressing the CO2.

The LEILAC pilot is designed to run a throughputs of up to 240 tonnes per day, carry out fundamental research on the process demands and performance, and demonstrate that the technology works sufficiently robustly to begin scale-up planning.

The LEILAC2 project aims to scale-up the direct separation technology developed and tested in LEILAC1 and to build a Demonstration Plant that will separate 20% of a regular cement plant’s process emissions –around 100 ktpa of CO2.

This presentation includes a virtual plant tour and contributions from programme partners including Calix Limited, Cemex, CIMPOR and Lhoist

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LEILAC project case study

A talk by Daniel Rennie, Paulo Rocha, Jorge Pablo Garcia and Ziad Habib.

To respond to the threat of climate change, and reach the EU’s target of reducing carbon emissions by 60% by 2030, and becoming  carbon neutral by 2050, carbon capture technologies will need to be applied to most European cement plants to ensure that carbo dioxide is not released into the atmosphere. 

James and Daniel discuss how Calix’s LEILAC project is capturing carbon dioxide emissions more efficiently, and dramatically reducing process-related emissions in the cement industry, and how this pioneering work might be applied more widely across the industry to reduce emissions and help Europe achieve its’ carbon reduction targets. 

Daniel Rennie is the coordinator of the LEILAC project, which started in January 2016 and is led by Calix. He enjoys working with the dedicated and enthusiastic staff within Calix and project partners, which include leading industrial, engineering, R&D and consulting organisations.

LEILAC will deliver a stepchange in the efficiency of capturing CO2 emissions. See www.project-leilac.eu for more information and follow it on twitter under ‘ProjectLEILAC’.

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Podcast: DIRECT CLIMATE ACTION feat. James O’Loghlin & Daniel Rennie

In the third Episode of INNOVATING FOR THE EARTH, innovation expert and radio and TV presenter James O’Loghlin talks with Daniel Rennie, the General Manager of Cement Decarbonisation at Calix about how Calix Carbon Capture technology is helping reduce carbon dioxide emissions.


LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement) are European Union Horizon 2020 (H2020) research and innovation projects.


LEILAC will pilot a breakthrough carbon capture technology that would enable both Europe’s cement and lime industries to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions dramatically without significant energy or capital penalty.

Running from 2016, the project teams comprises leading industrial, technology and research & development partners. The pilot plant will be hosted by Heidelberg Cement at Lixhe in Belgium, and Demonstration plant at Hannover in Germany.


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