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The European Commission officially approved CEMEX joining the LEILAC-2 Project following unanimous support from the LEILAC-2 consortium. The LEILAC-2 Project is focussed on scaling Calix’s CO2 mitigation technology for the cement and lime industries to demonstration scale at HeidelbergCement’s Hannover cement plant, following a successful piloting of the technology via the LEILAC-1 Project in Belgium.

CEMEX has committed in-kind support to the project given its strong technical expertise and knowledge of the cement production process, as well as a cash contribution which will be applied to the construction phase of the project.

Phil Hodgson, MD of Calix and Chairman of the LEILAC-2 Executive Board, said
“We are very pleased CEMEX has decided to join the LEILAC-2 Project, following our great collaboration with them on LEILAC-1. While CEMEX were not able to join LEILAC-2 at the commencement of the Project, they had always expressed an interest and recently confirmed their financial commitment, clearing the path to join, with unanimous support of the rest of the consortium. We look forward to continue working with CEMEX on the LEILAC technology development, for CO2 mitigation for the cement and lime industries”.

Davide Zampini, Global R&D Head of CEMEX, said
“We are very enthusiastic about our continued participation in the LEILAC-2 project.  Amongst the different technologies that we are pursuing, it is one of the most promising technologies to mitigate CO2 emissions in clinker production.  We look forward to supporting Calix and the LEILAC team, and contribute to key developments in the pilot project.  Above all, key members of the industry are collaborating to accelerate the possibility of adopting the technology.”

The LEILAC-2 Project is currently undergoing Basis-of-Design work, which is targeted for completion by end June 2021. If that milestone is met successfully, full Front End Engineering Design (FEED) commences and will run through to H2 2022. Upon a successful FEED, construction would commence and is targeted for completion by end 2023, with the first commercial demonstration in early 2024.

CEMEX joins LEILAC-2 project

The European Commission officially approved CEMEX joining the LEILAC-2 Project following unanimous support from the LEILAC-2 consortium.

The European Commission carried out its own assessment and has validated the proposal, with the project receiving € 16 M of funding under H2020. Capable of separating 100 ktpa of CO2 per annum, the Demonstration plant is a critical step in demonstrating the application of this novel carbon capture process to the cement and lime industries.

HeidelbergCement's Chairman of the Managing Board Dr. Dominik von Achten  said:

"The LEILAC technology has the potential to enable the cement and lime industries to efficiently capture their process emissions on an industrial scale," 

"The project in Hanover is one of several promising CO2 capture technologies that we are currently testing at full speed within the HeidelbergCement Group."

HeidelbergCement has nominated the Hannover site to locate the LEILAC2 Demonstration carbon capture plant after an extensive suitability assessment of several operational sites in Germany.

LEILAC 1 pilot

The LEILAC2 project aims to address the major remaining hurdles before commercial, global rollout. The module will be capable of capturing 20% of the plant’s capacity, or around 100,000 tonnes per year.

The technology is low-cost, scalable, replicable and retrofittable. Starting with the fully operational Hannover plant, the project looks to show how the design can be retrofitted to all existing cement plants without dramatically increasing their costs. Fully developed, supported, and accepted use and storage infrastructure will be required to ensure the CO2 is not ultimately released into the atmosphere.

Phil Hodgson, MD of Calix and Chairman of the LEILAC-2 Executive Board, said:

“We welcome HeidelbergCement’s commitment to their Hannover site for the integration of the LEILAC-2 demonstration unit. This commitment is an important milestone in  the project, and we look forward to working with HeidelbergCement and our other LEILAC-2 partners to make the project a success, and demonstrate at meaningful scale the ability of the technology to help the cement industry mitigate CO2 emissions”.

Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources, HeidelbergCement said:

“The LEILAC1 project has successfully demonstrated that both limestone and raw meal can be processed, that the unavoidable process CO2 is successfully separated, and that the technology fundamentally works. With the tireless efforts by the project team – with multiple organisations contributing their time and expertise from across the globe – we are confident that this scale-up step can be achieved.”

By providing a low-cost means of capturing hard-to-abate CO2 emissions, the LEILAC process has the potential to allow the cement and lime industries to efficiently capture their process emissions while continuing to safely and efficiently operate. Our aim is to enable industry to serve society and efficiently meet market demand, while achieving the Paris Agreement’s ambitions.

The LEILAC2 Project is currently undergoing its initial engineering phase, developing a Basis-of-Design, which is targeted for completion by end June 2021. Following further engineering, it is anticipated that the Demonstration plant will be completed by the end of 2023. The project will also include preliminary investigations into the use and or storage of the captured CO2.

HeidelbergCement hosts the LEILAC Demonstration plant

HeidelbergCement has nominated the Hannover site to locate the LEILAC2 Demonstration carbon capture plant after an extensive suitability assessment of several operational sites in Germany.

Policy makers, civil society, financiers and industry were invited to discuss the challenges facing the global community, and the role of the cement and lime industries.

Photos: Carbon Capture Conference 2020

The Innovation in Industrial Carbon Capture Conference 2020′ was held in January this year, which brought together nearly 200 attendees.

WHAT IS LEILAC ?

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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