Progress update:  LEILAC's Burners

LEILAC Pilot Plant


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. 

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.


Below we can see photos of the burners being built:

  • One of LEILAC pilot’s burners being fabricated

  • The high efficiency, low emission FLOX burners for the LEILAC project undergo their final checks at the factory before being delivered to site

  • The combustor Factory Acceptance Test (FAT):

  • The combustor head itself, operating at maximum temperature (1200C).