The LEILAC1 project has received €12m of funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654465.

The LEILAC2 project has received €16m of funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 884170.

LEILAC1 will also receive an additional €9m of support from HeidelbergCement, Lhoist, Cemex, Tarmac and Calix.

LEILAC2 will receive an additional €18m of support from HeidelbergCement, Cimpor, Lhoist and Calix.

The partners making it happen - LEILAC1
HeidelbergCement Group

HeidelbergCement Group is one of the largest building materials manufacturers in the world. In addition to its global presence in construction materials, HeidelbergCement has established itself as a leader in sustainability through its participation in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and as a founding member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD’s) Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI). HeidelbergCement plays a critical role in LEILAC1 and 2 projects, hosting the pilot plant at Lixhe in Belgium.


Founded in 1906, CEMEX has a long experience in cement fabrication and is today one of the world’s largest producers and traders of cement and clinker. CEMEX is a recognized sustainability leader in the cement sector. The company has the leading position, among other Cement main producers, in burning alternative fuels.


Tarmac is a leading supplier of bagged, ready-to-use and bulk cement, and offers a greater choice of products than any other manufacturer, and will contribute strongly to the innovative benefits arising from this technology that may enable the accelerated deployment of this carbon capture approach.


Lhoist is the world leading supplier of high quality lime, dolime and minerals, with a vast experience in material characterisation as well as the development of new products and processes.


Calix Limited, a mining and minerals processing SME, brings eight years of development of the core technology. It has undertaken the initial technical steps required to develop Direct Separation at scale, starting operations in 2013 with a commercial-scale reactor for successfully directly separating CO2 from magnesium minerals, and is actively seeking to commercialise this carbon capture technology for a variety of energy and industrial applications.


ECN part of TNO is the leading institute for energy research in the Netherlands and in Europe. Its mission is to develop high-level knowledge and technology for a sustainable energy system and to transfer it to the market. ECN has the technology to simulate and measure the combustion behaviour of solid and liquid fuels (biomass, coal, residual and waste streams) in real time. Our knowledge and technology in the field of combustion will provide valuable insights to LEILAC in important aspects such as corrosion, pollution, slagging and emissions.


Imperial College London is consistently rated among the world's top university institutions, and is a globally positioned science-based university, and has one of the largest groups in the world researching model-based systems engineering applied to the process and energy sectors.


PSE is a leading provider of advanced process modelling software, in the form of its gPROMS platform and product fa­mily, and related services to the process industries around the world. The gPROMS product family allows rapid and effective exploration of the process decision space, as well as optimisation against economic and/or opera­tio­nal objectives.


Quantis is a leading life cycle assessment (LCA) consultancy specialized in supporting companies to measure, understand and manage the environmental impacts of their products, services and operations. Quantis offers cutting-edge services in environmental footprinting, eco-design, sustainable supply chains and environmental communication. Fuelled by its close ties with the scientific community and its strategic research collaborations, Quantis has a strong track record in applying its expertise to support clients in transforming LCA results into decisions and action plans.


The Carbon Trust is a world-leading organisation helping businesses, governments and the public sector to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy through carbon reduction, energy-saving strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies. Created in 2001, they have developed into a trusted expert in low carbon issues and strategies, carbon footprinting and low carbon technology development and deployment.

The partners making it happen - LEILAC2
HeidelbergCement Group

HeidelbergCement Group is one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of building materials with leading market positions in aggregates, cement, and ready-mixed concrete. The company employs some 58,000 people at more than 3,000 locations in around 60 countries. HeidelbergCement is committed to fulfilling its share of the global responsibility to keep the temperature rise below 2° Celsius. As such, HeidelbergCement is engaged in several (EU)-projects to develop low cost Carbon Capture techniques (to support CCS) and to develop applications for the use of the CO2 that is emitted at cement plants. HeidelbergCement plays a critical role in the LEILAC2 project, hosting the demonstration plant at one of their operational plants in Germany.


Lhoist is the world leading supplier of high quality lime, dolime and minerals, with a vast experience in material characterisation as well as the development of new products and processes.

Calix Europe

Calix-Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of Calix Limited and, under license, brings the core technology that the LEILAC2 project will utilise. Calix is committed to enabling deep decarbonisation of European industrial sector through the scale up and demonstration of this technology – and its business plan is based on exploiting the Technology as fully and as quickly as possible. It is the coordinating entity for both LEILAC1 and LEILAC2.


IKN GmbH (IKN) is a technology provider for the cement industry with a strong position in cement pyro systems design and supply. IKN has an internationally leading position in clinker cooler technology. IKN with its more than 30 years of experience in clinker production, revolutionized the cement industry with the development of the clinker inlet distribution system called KIDS. With more than 650 installations worldwide since 1982, IKN has become the market leader in the field of clinker cooling technology. In the past years, IKN gained a well-respected position in the design and supply of energy efficient, state-of-the-art and customized pyro systems, i.e. systems comprising preheaters, kilns and coolers. Thus, profound knowledge exists in mechanical engineering and process technology for state-of-the-art cement plants.


The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) is one of the largest Research Centres in Greece. It was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Thessaloniki, with three additional main branch offices across Greece. The mission of CERTH is to promote the triplet Research – Development – Innovation by conducting high quality scientific research and developing innovative products, model-based process configurations, and services, on an international level. It cooperates with industry (national and international) and builds strong collaborations with Research Centres and Universities in Greece and abroad.


BGR (Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources) is the central geoscientific authority providing advice to the German Federal Government in all geo-relevant questions. It is a public body, subordinate to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). BGR is committed to the sustainable use of georesources and the protection of the human habitat. BGR has conducted more than 60 research projects on CO2 storage and related topics in the past twenty years.


Politecnico di Milano is a public technical university organised in 12 departments and a network of 4 Schools of Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design. The number of students enrolled in all campuses is approximately 40 000, which makes the Politecnico di Milano the largest Engineering School in Italy. POLIMI was involved in several projects related to CO2 capture in cement plants and other industrial sectors (especially power generation). Leilac 2 project is also coherent with the strategic objectives of POLIMI, which include the development of efficient technologies to mitigate CO2 emissions.


The Geological Survey of Belgium (GSB), department of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), is a geo-scientific documentation center and is a central player in national and international research and development projects. From 2005 on, specific expertise was built concerning the techno-economic approach of geological resources. The GSB also has a long-standing scientific and technical expertise in geothermal energy and is routinely involved in multi-disciplinary policy-oriented research on a multitude of topics.


ENGIE Laborelec is a leading expertise and research centre in electrical power technology. The company is active on the whole electricity value chain and backs a large set of customers in the fields of generation, transmission, distribution, storage and final use of electricity, with a particular focus upon the energy transition and the 3 D’s - decentralisation, decarbonisation and digitalisation. Established in 1962 to support electricity companies with a wide range of specialised services, ENGIE-Laborelec is today a cooperative company, with ENGIE and independent grid operators as shareholders. Laborelec has a global presence, with activities in more than 60 countries and offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Chile and Abu Dhabi.


The Port of Rotterdam, Gasunie and EBN are jointly preparing a new project in which CO₂ generated by industry in Rotterdam’s port area is captured and stored in empty gas fields deep in the North Sea seabed. Called Porthos: Port of Rotterdam CO₂ Transport Hub & Offshore Storage, this seeks to support the Netherland’s clear climate targets: by 2030, it plans to have reduced its greenhouse emissions by 49% compared to 1990 levels, and 95% by 2050.


Calix Limited is a mining and minerals processing company. Calix is a team of dedicated people developing a patented technology to provide industrial solutions that address global sustainability challenges. The core technology is being used to develop environmentally friendly solutions for advanced batteries, crop protection, aquaculture, wastewater, and carbon reduction. Calix has identified some key global challenges that have emerged in the last decade and are increasingly putting our planet at risk. By aligning innovation and development initiatives with the SDGs, Calix is driven to make an impactful and meaningful contribution to solving global challenges.


CIMPOR-Indústria de Cimentos, SA is a Portuguese company that conducts its activity in the production, distribution and sale of cement, as well as, inside the business unit, in ready-mix concrete & aggregates, hydraulic lime and dry mortar, making part of an international group, CIMPOR Global Holdings, BV. It is the largest domestic producer in Portugal, with roughly 60% of the market share, holds three cement production plants in Portugal, located in Alhandra, Loulé and Souselas and several cement distribution centres for the supply of services associated with the above activities, and has a long standing track record in sustainability having been on of the founding member of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), under the umbrella of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

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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.