This project has received € 12m of funding from Horizon 2020 program for research and innovation of the European Union under the grant agreement No 654465.

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Successful demonstration of CO2 separation at Project LEILAC in Belgium

July 30, 2019

Preliminary test runs have been completed on the LEILAC pilot at Heidelberg Cement’s Lixhe plant in Belgium. The technology concept has been shown to work on both lime and cement meal, with calcination near to target levels and high purity CO2 successfully separated at the top of the reactor, albeit not yet at full design capacity.

Progress Update: Testing is Now Set to Commence

May 20, 2019

Testing is now set to commence and start to validate the performance of the pilot, and a significant step in enabling Direct Separation to become one of the principal methods of capturing the carbon emissions from the lime and cement industries.

Progress Update: LEILAC Celebrates With Ribbon Cutting

May 08, 2019

On the 7th of May 2019, the LEILAC consortium partners and External Advisory Board met to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the LEILAC pilot plant.

Progress Update: Commissioning of the Pilot Plant Continues

April 28, 2019

Commissioning continues of the pilot plant, ensuring that all aspects of the equipment work correctly, in preparation for trials...

Progress Update: LEILAC Project Commences Commissioning

March 28, 2019

The Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement (LEILAC) Project has commenced commissioning its demonstration facility as planned...

Progress Update: January 2019

January 16, 2019

... the majority of LEILAC’s structure is now in place, work now commences on the installation of the electrical and control systems.

Progress Update: Burners being installed...

December 11, 2018

Work continues on the LEILAC pilot plant, with the burners currently being installed and the pipe bridge, connecting the LEILAC pilot plant to the host site at CBR Lixhe.

Progress Update: The silo is now being installed next to the tower

November 06, 2018

Work continues on the LEILAC pilot, with the silo now being installed next to the tower.

Progress Update: The final stages of LEILAC pilot’s supporting structure and furnace are assembled

October 09, 2018

The final stages of LEILAC pilot’s supporting structure and furnace are assembled.

Progress Update: The second stage of LEILAC pilot’s supporting structure is assembled

August 31, 2018

The second stage of LEILAC pilot’s supporting structure is assembled, and the first sections of the furnace are lifted into place...

Progress Update: LEILAC pilot’s supporting structure continues to be assembled

August 20, 2018

LEILAC pilot’s supporting structure continues to be assembled, with the stairway now in place for the first section...

Progress Update: The pilot’s structure starts to be assembled on site

August 12, 2018

The first sections of the LEILAC pilot’s supporting structure start to be assembled and erected on site...

Progress update: The pilot’s furnace is delivered to site

July 15, 2018

The LEILAC pilot’s shell furnace has now been delivered to the Lixhe plant, and construction is set to start shortly.

Progress update: Supporting the pilot

June 11, 2018

The supporting structure for the pilot is nearing completion, with work continuing at pace in Micesa’s workshop in Madrid.

Progress update: Fabrication of the pilot’s furnace is finalised

May 06, 2018

The LEILAC pilot’s shell furnace has now been fabricated by Peruweld in Belgium. Therser, in the UK, is preparing the furnace’s interior.

Progress update: LEILAC’s burners

April 08, 2018

The burners that will power LEILAC’s pilot plant have been manufactured, and tested in Germany. WS’s high efficiency, low emission FLOX burners are now ready for delivery to site.

Progress update: Tie-ins and site preparation for the LEILAC pilot are complete

March 08, 2018

Work continues at pace on the LEILAC pilot. Recently all of the on-site preparations for the pilot have been completed. Tie-ins to HeidelbergCement’s host cement plant at Lixhe have been made, and the civil works have been completed for the pilot itself, which will treat a slipstream of Lixhe’s material.

Innovation in Industrial Carbon Capture Conference

February 06, 2018

Over 130 international experts from across industry, academia and government gathered in early February 2018 for the Innovation in Industrial Carbon Capture Conference, in Oupeye, Belgium, organised by the LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement) Consortium.

The two-day event was organised by the LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement) Consortium, a European Union Horizon 2020 carbon capture project. A wide-ranging agenda was designed to encourage discussion and knowledge sharing across key stakeholder groups with a strategic interest in innovation in carbon capture technology.

Ground-breaking ceremony for LEILAC’s carbon capture pilot project

February 06, 2018

The Innovation in Industrial Carbon Capture Conference also celebrated the ground-breaking of the LEILAC project’s pilot plant hosted at HeidelbergCement’s Lixhe cement plant. This marks the start of the construction of the pilot plant.

Final investment decision reached on innovative technology demonstration project to slash CO2 emissions from cement and lime sectors

August 27, 2017

The Low Emissions Intensity Lime & Cement (LEILAC) consortium today announced that the pioneering carbon capture project, which aims to validate Calix’s innovative Direct Separation technology in the cement and lime sector, has taken a significant step forward as it successfully completes the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study for the pilot plant.  

 

This important milestone was reached on schedule and marked the Final Investment Decision (FID) for the project, which can now enter into the Engineering Procurement and Construction phase. The pilot plant will be integrated into HeidelbergCement’s cement plant at Lixhe, Belgium and is anticipated to commence operation in early 2019.

Innovative project to slash CO2 emissions from cement and lime sectors progresses into FEED phase.

October 20, 2016

The Low Emissions Intensity Lime & Cement (LEILAC) consortium today announced that the ground-breaking project to demonstrate an innovative carbon capture technology for the cement and lime sector, has completed the Preliminary Front End Engineering Design (pre-FEED) study for the pilot plant successfully and on time.

 

The project will now enter the full Front End Engineering Design (FEED) phase following a decision taken at the General Assembly meeting hosted by ECN on the 29th September in Petten (Netherlands), where results from the preliminary project phase were reviewed.

Development of a new calciner to separate out CO2 released from limestone in clinker production.

July 05, 2016

Innovative technology for carbon capture

At last year’s COP21 Climate Conference in Paris, world leaders agreed to limit global warming to a maximum 2°C, with an ambitious ideal of only 1.5°C, in order to prevent disastrous flooding in many countries.

The cement industry has also announced its Low Carbon Technology Partnership initiative (LCTPi), which aims at reducing global CO2 emissions by 20-25% compared to “Business as Usual” by 2030. But the question remains: what actions can realistically be taken to reach this objective?

LEILAC secures Euro12m from European Union to demonstrate Calix carbon capture technology

April 21, 2016

LEILAC consortium secures €12 Million EU Funding to demonstrate technology to reduce carbon emissions from cement and lime industries.

 

The LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement) consortium has successfully secured €12 million in funding over five years from the European Commission Horizon 2020 Grant programme. The consortium, led by technology provider Calix, and comprising Heidelberg Cement, Cemex, Tarmac, Lhoist, Amec Foster Wheeler, ECN, Imperial College, PSE, Quantis and the Carbon Trust, aims to apply and demonstrate a breakthrough technology that will enable Europe’s cement and lime industries to reduce their carbon footprint significantly. The consortium will also contribute a further €9 million towards the project.

Project LEILAC nominated to the second (and final) round of the European Union “Horizons 2020” grant scheme.

July 01, 2015

Calix is delighted to announce Project LEILAC was nominated by the EU to progress to the second (and final) round submission due late Q3, 2015.

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