This project has received €12m of funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654465.
The partners making it happen
A unique consortium of partners has come together to create this ground-breaking carbon capture pilot.
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 will play a critical role in LEILAC, 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 larges t 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, a CRH company is a leading supplier of bagged, ready-to-use and bulk cement, lime and powder products and offers a greater choice of solutions than any other manufacturer, and will contribute strongly to the innovative benefits rising 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, an Australian specialty minerals processing technology company, brings eight years of development of the core technology. It has undertaken the initial technical steps required to develop Direct Separation at scale, expanding from pilot scale tests to commercial-scale operations in just six years, with a 30kTpa reactor running successfully in Australia on a variety of mineral feed-stocks. The technology is proving highly prospective for a wide variety of other energy and industrial applications.
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 mark et. TNO 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 in the top 10 of the world's universities, and is a globally positioned science and engineering based university. It has one of the largest groups in the world researching model-based systems engineering applied to the process and energy sectors, and is also conducting world-leading research into the production and properties of novel cements.
PSE is a leading provider of advanced process modelling software, in the form of its gPROMS platform and pr oduct 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.
Solvay is an advanced materials and specialty chemicals company, committed to developing chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. It is a world leader in soda ash and sodium bicarbonate sector, products which are used in many applications or end-products (glass, detergents, chemicals, feed, food, air pollution control, healthcare). The “Solvay Process” uses amongst other feedstocks, limestone (for lime) and CO2 to produce soda ash. Solvay is joining the LEILAC project to help the consortium address the technical challenges in developing this carbon capture technology to both the lime and cement industries, and investigate the application of the technology to the Solvay Process which would support Solvay's objective to reduce its CO2 emissions.