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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.

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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.

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LEILAC project case study

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

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LEILAC Technology Roadmap to 2050

There has been a demonstrable global commitment to respond to the threat of climate change. To achieve the ambitious target of minimising global heating to 1.5°C, fundamental changes are needed to reduce the CO2 that our society emits. Once tested and scaled up, the LEILAC technology should provide an option for reducing the costs of carbon capture and accelerate the deployment in both industries using this new type of pre-calciner. The techno-economic forecast for the technology is very promising.

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Technoeconomics report summary (2021)

The techno-economic forecast for the technology is very promising.

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LEILAC: capturing CO2 in Cement Precalciners

Daniel Rennie, Calix, explains how new technology is helping plants capture emissions directly from the precalciner, paving the way towards scalable CO2 capture for the cement industry.

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LEILAC-2 Pre-FEED Report

Read the LEILAC-2 Demonstration Plant’s Preliminary Front End Engineering Design (Pre-FEED) Report.

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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.

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CEMEX joins LEILAC-2 project

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

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Industry working towards the Paris Agreement

The first day of the ‘Innovation in Industrial Carbon Capture Conference', held in January 2020, (see above) focused on the political, societal and industrial context and steps to decarbonise industry and efforts towards the Paris Agreement.

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Industry working towards the Paris Agreement

The ‘Innovation in Industrial Carbon Capture Conference 2020', developed by the LEILAC project, was held in January 2020, which brought together nearly 200 attendees.

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LEILAC and initial technical results

Phil Hodgson, CEO of Calix, provided an overview of the LEILAC, and the recently built pilot’s technical results.

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Innovation in Industrial Carbon Capture Conference 2020

As part of the Innovation in Industrial Carbon Capture Conference 2020, developed by the LEILAC project, there was a major focus on knowledge sharing between major CCUS projects and initiatives from across Europe.

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Role of innovation and company entrepreneurship in CCS

Following discussions on the interplay between policy makers, industry, and civil society in taking the necessary steps to decarbonise industry

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Project LEILAC in Euronews

Capturing CO2: How to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the cement industry

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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.

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Visit of representatives of the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council (EU-GCC)

The LEILAC project was delighted to welcome representatives of the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council (EU-GCC) who visited the pilot site on 12 November.

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Innovation in Industrial Carbon Capture Conference 2020

Organised by the EU-Horizon 2020 funded project LEILAC Consortium, the Innovation in Industrial Carbon Capture Conference 2020 will bring together the latest knowledge in the industrial application of carbon capture technology and how it aligns with CCU and CCS-roadmaps.

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Visit of Members from the European Parliament

On the 14th of October, the LEILAC team were honoured to host a site visit for Members of the European Parliament.

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BBC Podcast

Can capturing carbon buy us time to tackle climate change?

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Successful demonstration of CO2 separation at Project LEILAC 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.

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Testing is now set to commence...

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.

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LEILAC Celebrates With Ribbon Cutting

Cost effective carbon capture technology took a step closer to becoming a reality for the cement and lime sectors, as the Leilac Consortium hosted the official ribbon-cutting of the newly completed Direct Separation pilot plant.

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Commissioning of the Pilot Plant Continues

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

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The majority of the structure now in place...

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

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Burners being installed...

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.

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The silo is now being installed next to the tower

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

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The final stages of LEILAC

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

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

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

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LEILAC pilot’s supporting structure continues to be assembled

The stairway is now in place for the first section

LEILAC Pilot Plant

About LEILAC

LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement) will pilot a breakthrough technology that has the potential to enable both Europe’s cement and lime industries to reduce their emissions dramatically while retaining, or even increasing international competitiveness.

The best available technologies for cement and lime have no carbon capture capability.  The international and EU community recognises that CO2 emissions contribute to climate change, and the most practical approach to reducing such emissions to-date for the cement and lime industries has been to increase kiln efficiencies and utilise alternative fuels.