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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Project LEILAC in Euronews

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

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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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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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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

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The pilot’s structure starts to be assembled on site

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

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

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

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Progress update: supporting the pilot

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

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Fabrication of the pilot’s furnace is finalised

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

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Progress update: LEILAC's Burners

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.

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

Work continues at pace on the LEILAC pilot. Recently all of the on-site preparations for the pilot have been completed.

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Innovation in Industrial Carbon Capture Conference

Over 130 international experts from across industry, academia and government gathered in early February 2018 for the Innovation in Industrial Carbon Capture Conference.

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. 

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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.