Leilac announces global licence agreement with Heidelberg Materials and three new projects with CEMEX

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Leilac announces global licence agreement with Heidelberg Materials and three new projects with CEMEX

The innovative licence agreement for Leilac’s ground-breaking technology applies to any Heidelberg Materials facility where the Leilac decarbonisation technology is installed. Heidelberg Materials operates 149 cement plants across 5 continents.

“It forms the basis for the technology’s use throughout Heidelberg Materials, providing a model for the commercialisation of the technology at global scale. Together, Leilac and Heidelberg Materials continue to de-risk, prove and scale Leilac’s decarbonisation technology. The agreement is an important step in our journey towards providing cement and lime producers with access to a low cost carbon abatement solution, allowing them to take urgent action against climate change and protect their industries’ jobs and prosperity.” Daniel Rennie, Leilac CEO

Heidelberg Materials is a founding and key member of a consortium of companies and institutions partnering to develop and apply the Leilac technology. The global licence agreement with Heidelberg Materials follows many years of close collaboration and partnership.

Leilac’s commercialisation strategy

The agreement with Heidelberg Materials is a key milestone in Leilac’s commercialisation of the Leilac technology, and Calix’s strategy to develop great businesses that deliver positive global impact.

The technology licence fee is a first-of-a-kind for the industry, and comprises a royalty floor, variable component linked to carbon price/value, and a royalty cap linked to costs versus alternative technologies. The terms of the agreement with Heidelberg Materials require the royalty quantums to remain commercial-in-confidence. Calix will retain all improvements to Calix intellectual property.

Calix Managing Director and CEO, Phil Hodgson said, “The agreement with Heidelberg Materials for the commercial use of the Leilac technology represents the next chapter of a long and successful partnership. It is a partnership based on shared values, and a shared mission to urgently and affordably decarbonise the production of cement. We are grateful for their support and collaboration in the development of this globally important technology.”

“Heidelberg Materials has been working together with Leilac since 2014, developing this promising technology as a means of decarbonising the cement sector’s unavoidable CO2 emissions. We look forward to our continued collaboration towards developing and implementing the technology at full scale, with this global, perpetual licence agreement marking an important milestone and commercial framework for the widespread use of the technology.” Antonio Clausi, Head of Heidelberg Materials’ Global Competence Centre Cement

To read more, visit: Global License Agreement with Heidelberg Materials | Leilac

Leilac is also pleased to announce three decarbonisation projects in partnership with global building materials company, CEMEX. The projects aim to deploy Leilac’s unique technology to capture unavoidable process emissions released in the production of cement.

“Leilac is delighted to announce three ambitious decarbonisation projects with long-time partner, CEMEX. Spanning three countries and two continents, the projects with CEMEX represent the next stage of commercial scale implementation of the Leilac technology as we seek to deliver impactful CO2 abatement across the globe.”

Engineering studies are currently under way for Leilac carbon capture projects based at CEMEX plants in Germany, Poland and the USA. Leilac is working closely with CEMEX to progress the projects as well as a global licence agreement, currently under negotiation, covering CEMEX’s global operations. Leilac and CEMEX have a longstanding partnership. CEMEX is a founding and valued member of a consortium of companies and institutions partnering to develop and apply the Leilac technology through the Leilac-1 and Leilac-2 projects.

Calix and CEMEX working towards decarbonisation of the construction value chain

Calix is pleased to announce three decarbonisation projects in partnership with global building materials company, CEMEX. The projects aim to deploy Leilac’s unique technology to capture unavoidable process emissions released in the production of cement.

Engineering studies are currently under way for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects based at CEMEX plants in Germany, Poland and the USA.

Calix and Leilac are working closely with CEMEX to progress the projects as well as a global licence agreement, currently under negotiation, covering CEMEX’s global operations.

Calix and CEMEX have a longstanding partnership. CEMEX is a founding and valued member of a consortium of companies and institutions partnering to develop and apply the Leilac technology through the Leilac-1 and Leilac-2 projects.

Calix and Leilac look forward to continuing to work with CEMEX towards the shared goal of decarbonised cement and lime.

Read the full press release: https://www.cemex.com/-/cemex-strengthens-commitment-to-decarbonize-the-construction-value-chain

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Leilac announces global licence agreement with Heidelberg Materials

Cement and lime decarbonisation technology company, Leilac, is pleased to announce it has signed a perpetual global licence agreement for the use of its decarbonisation technology with Heidelberg Materials, one of the world’s largest cement producers and building materials companies.

The innovative licence agreement for Leilac’s ground-breaking technology applies to any Heidelberg Materials facility where the Leilac decarbonisation technology is installed. Heidelberg Materials operates 149 cement plants across 5 continents.

Leilac CEO, Daniel Rennie described the agreement with Heidelberg Materials as a key milestone in the development and commercialisation of the Leilac technology.

Daniel Rennie“It forms the basis for the technology’s use throughout Heidelberg Materials, providing a model for the commercialisation of the technology at global scale,” Rennie said.

“Together, Leilac and Heidelberg Materials continue to de-risk, prove and scale Leilac’s decarbonisation technology.

“The agreement is an important step in our journey towards providing cement and lime producers with access to a low cost carbon abatement solution, allowing them to take urgent action against climate change and protect their industries’ jobs and prosperity.”

 

Head of Heidelberg Materials’ Global Competence Centre Cement, Antonio Clausi said, “Heidelberg Materials has been working together with Leilac since 2014, developing this promising technology as a means of decarbonising the cement sector’s unavoidable CO2 emissions.”

Antonio ClausiMr Clausi continued, “We look forward to our continued collaboration towards developing and implementing the technology at full scale, with this global, perpetual licence agreement marking an important milestone and commercial framework for the widespread use of the technology.”

 

 

 

Decarbonisation technology

Leilac's Technology

Leilac, a 93% owned Calix subsidiary with 7% owned by Carbon Direct, is a collaborative technology partner enabling sustainable decarbonisation of cement and lime.

Leilac’s unique technology is being developed to efficiently separate and capture unavoidable CO2 process emissions in cement and lime production, with no additional chemicals or processes.

Leilac’s modular, scalable and retrofittable technology is designed to be energy agnostic and electrification ready, providing viable, flexible and economical pathways to carbon free cement and lime.

Leilac CEO, Daniel Rennie said, “Scalable and low cost decarbonisation technology solutions for cement and lime are essential to ensuring a just transition to net zero that balances social, economic and environmental sustainability.

“Leilac’s technical approach, and the innovative commercial agreement that has been reached, paves the way for our continued and collaborative journey towards sustainable cement and lime.”

Heidelberg Materials and Leilac partnership

Heidelberg Materials is a founding and key member of a consortium of companies and institutions partnering to develop and apply the Leilac technology. The global licence agreement with Heidelberg Materials follows many years of close collaboration and partnership.

Leilac-1, located at Heidelberg Materials’ plant in Lixhe, Belgium, is a pilot plant supported by EU funding, with a capacity to capture 25,000 tonnes per annum of CO2. In operation since 2019, Leilac-1 has successfully piloted separation of unavoidable process COemissions from cement and lime production using the Leilac technology.

Leilac-2, also supported by EU funding and due to commence construction in 2023, will be located at Heidelberg Materials’ plant in Hanover, Germany. Once retrofitted to Heidelberg Materials’ operational plant, Leilac-2 should have the capacity to capture 100,000 tonnes per annum of CO2 or 20% of a typical cement plant’s emissions, and is aiming to have a low CO2 capture cost. The project paves the way for future deployments of the Leilac technology that scale to capture all of the unavoidable process CO2 emissions from cement and lime plants.

Cement, lime and climate change

Cement and lime provide the foundations of our societies and economies. They are also amongst the largest industrial contributors to climate change, accounting for 8% of global CO2 emissions[1].

Unlike other industries, most of the CO2 produced in the manufacture of cement and lime is unavoidable. It is estimated that 1.37 billion tonnes of CO2 from cement will need to be captured and stored annually by 2050.[2]

With no additional chemicals or processes, Leilac’s technology efficiently separates CO2 process emissions for use or storage. It aims to be energy agnostic and electrification ready, providing flexible and economical pathways to net zero cement. The Leilac technology’s unique, modular design is being designed to be retrofitted to cement plants with minimal operational impact, providing a transformational implementation approach that can be adopted at any scale.

 


 

[1] Trends in global CO2 emissions; 2016 Report, The Hague: PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

[2] Global Cement & Concrete Association. Getting to net zero

Update on Australian Government funding for carbon capture, use and storage projects

Following the Australian Government’s Budget announced on 25 October 2022, AusIndustry advised Calix that the $11m in grant funding, announced by the former Government in May 2022, has now been cancelled. The grant funding was in support of Calix’s project with Adbri to develop low emissions lime.

Similarly, Boral has advised Calix that the $30m in grant funding, announced by the former Government in May 2022 has also been cancelled. The grant funding was in support of a CCUS project utilising Calix’s cement and lime decarbonisation technology.

Australian cement and lime decarbonisation projects

Adbri has advised Calix that they remain committed to the Pre-Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) study underway for their decarbonisation project with Calix and its subsidiary, Leilac. Utilising Calix’s Leilac technology, the project aims to: develop the world’s first commercial scale process for low emissions lime; deliver low cost abatement of unavoidable CO2 process emissions; and assess alternative energy sources, including renewable electricity and hydrogen. Calix looks forward to continuing to progress its project with Adbri.

Separately, Calix is engaging with Boral to consider the implications of the cancelled funding for its proposed project in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.

Future funding for carbon capture technologies

The Australian Government has announced that it will be implementing a new Carbon Capture Technologies program, through which it will provide $141.1m over ten years as part of a realignment of investment in carbon capture technologies. Expected to open in 2023, the Government has stated: Program investments and related policy development will prioritise technology development for hard-to-abate industrial sectors (such as cement manufacturing).

Calix is awaiting further details of the Australian Government’s new grant program, while also pursuing state and regional programs to assist with these projects.

Boral and Adbri Join Forces with Calix on Carbon Capture Projects

Government grants and partnerships with Adbri and Boral advance Calix’s Low Emissions Lime And Cement (LEILAC) technology in Australia and score a world-first

Following on from LEILAC’s success in Europe, Australia is set to host the world’s first commercial-scale process for the manufacture of low emissions lime.

Calix has been awarded an $11 million grant from the Australian Government’s Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) Hubs and Technologies Program to work with Adbri on low emissions lime for industries such as alumina and gold.

A lime kiln plant will be located in Kwinana, Western Australia and will use Calix’s Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement (LEILAC) technology to demonstrate the use of renewable power, assess alternative energy sources such as hydrogen, and assess the efficient capture of CO2 process emissions.

 “Using renewable energy to power the technology will create truly zero emissions lime and cement,” said Calix Managing Director Phil Hodgson.

 

Adbri is the largest producer of lime in Australia and the second largest cement and clinker supplier. Like the Federal Government, Adbri aspires to be net zero by 2050. To achieve this goal, the new Labor government has pledged a more ambitious emissions reduction target of 43 per cent by 2030.

Cement production is responsible for approximately eight per cent of global CO2 emissions.

Both the International Energy Agency and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change regard carbon capture technologies as essential in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

 

Boral project a game-changer for the cement industry

A further $30 million in federal government funding will be received by Boral to explore with Calix the feasibility of developing a CCUS project at its cement and lime facilities in the NSW Southern Highlands, targeting 100,000 tonnes per year of CO2.

Boral is the largest integrated construction materials company in Australia, producing and selling a broad range of construction materials including quarry products, cement, concrete, asphalt and recycled materials.

Boral’s Chief Operating Officer, Darren Schulz, said the company is committed to investing in projects that create high performing products while reducing its carbon footprint. “This is game changing technology for our industry and will play a critical role in supporting customers’ sustainability targets,” Mr Schulz said.

“Together, Boral and Calix have access to the required infrastructure, technology and operational expertise required to deliver this project and lead the way in reducing emissions across the industry.”

“By modernising Australia’s cement industry, we are enabling the growth of lower carbon construction materials, which are essential to jobs and local economies.”

The Boral project aims to:

  • Develop CO2 capture capability for Boral’s cement and lime facilites; and,
  • Assess alternative energy sources such as renewable energy and alternative fuels to further reduce CO2.

Calix will be supplying its LEILAC technology to the project, which will help accelerate its expertise through development of both cement and lime deployment options, as well as alternative fuels and renewable energy use.

Phil Hodgson, Calix Managing Director said, “Calix has been working hard advancing our technology in Europe. The projects with Adbri and Boral represent an acceleration in carbon abatement ambition that has occurred in Australia over a very short time.”

“It’s great to be working with Australian companies such as Adbri and Boral on Calix’s home-grown technology in these world-leading projects.”

 

Captured CO2 to supply South West Hub project

The Adbri project in WA will also see Calix working with CarbonTP and the Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition Cooperative Research Centre (HILT CRC).

Captured CO2 is planned to be provided to the South West Hub Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in Western Australia. When constructed, the low emissions lime kiln will:

  • Produce lime using renewable power;
  • Demonstrate flexibility by operating only during peak renewable electricity production or low electricity cost periods;
  • Assess alternative energy sources such as hydrogen and alternative fuels; and,
  • Capture the CO2 emitted from the process.

Once the proposed South West Hub CCS project is operational, CO2 can be fed into the system for permanent storage, creating truly zero emissions lime.

Adbri Managing Director and CEO, Nick Miller, welcomes the Commonwealth support and acknowledges the project represents a significant milestone in its collaboration with Calix to develop its carbon capture technology to reduce emissions from lime production.

“As a leading Australian producer of lime, we recognise it is a difficult manufacturing process to abate.”

“Transformative technology-led partnerships like this one with Calix form a key part of our own pathway to net zero by 2050, reducing our emissions profile while supporting the decarbonisation of our end-market customers in the alumina, gold and rare-earths sector.”

Felicity Lloyd, HILT CRC CEO, said the project is an important step in demonstrating pathways to reduce the emissions of CO2 from heavy industry. “The major sectors of aluminium and steel are users of lime, and the project will be of direct interest to them in better understanding how to reduce the emissions intensity of their products. Calix technology is also applicable to the green alumina and steel manufacturing process, so this project will build capacity and know-how to support such future opportunities.”

Calix awarded $11m in Government Funding for low emissions lime project with Adbri

Calix is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $11m grant from the Australian Government’s Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) Hubs and Technologies Program to develop the world’s first commercial-scale process for the manufacture of low emissions lime with Adbri.

Highlights:

  • Calix to receive $11m to develop a low emissions lime kiln with key project partner Adbri, as well as CarbonTP and the Heavy Industry Low Emissions Technology Co-Operative Research Centre (HILT CRC).
  • The project will be located at Kwinana, Western Australia and provide low emissions lime for alumina, gold, and other industries across Western Australia.
  • The plant will use Calix’s Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement (LEILAC) technology to demonstrate the use of renewable power and grid load balancing, assess alternative energy sources such as hydrogen, and the efficient capture of CO2 process emissions.
  • Captured CO2 is planned to be provided to the proposed South West Hub Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project.

The project, undertaken by Calix in collaboration with key partner Adbri, will help accelerate Calix’s LEILAC technology by building and operating the world’s first commercial-scale process for the manufacture of low emissions lime. The proposed plant, at Kwinana, WA, will;

  • produce lime using renewable power,
  • demonstrate grid load balancing by flexibly operating only during peak renewable electricity production / low electricity cost periods,
  • assess alternative energy sources such as hydrogen and alternative fuels, and
  • capture the CO2 emitted from the process.

Once the proposed South West Hub CCS project is operational, CO2 can be fed into the system for permanent storage, creating truly zero emissions lime.

The project objectives are aligned with the Government’s Technology Roadmap to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and to lower the cost of CCS to less than $20/tonne. The use of low emissions lime will be directed to the trade-exposed alumina, nickel, rare-earth and gold producers to reduce the embodied emissions of their products.

With the $11m in funding secured from the Australian Government, Calix and Adbri will now proceed with the next stages of the project under the Heads of Agreement announced in March 2021, including the finalisation of commercial terms and further technical work.

Calix and Adbri anticipate undertaking a feasibility study for the project followed by a front-end engineering and design phase. The plant construction and demonstration is expected to include raw material feedstock contributed by Adbri and would test multiple fuel and energy options including natural gas, hydrogen and renewable electricity with load switching.

Calix and Boral to develop carbon abatement project with $30m in Government Funding

Calix is pleased to announce, in collaboration with Boral Limited, a carbon abatement project with $30m in funding from the Australian Government’s Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) Hubs and Technologies Program.

 

Highlights:

  • Boral to receive $30m to develop a CCUS project (the Project) at its cement and lime facilities in the NSW Southern Highlands, targeting 100,000 tonnes per year of CO2
  • Calix will be supplying its Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement (LEILAC) technology to the Project.
  • The Project will be developed in three phases:
    • The initial feasibility assessment phase will focus on a Basis of Design (BOD), commercial agreements and assessment including CO2 use options
    • Phase two will concentrate on Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) leading to a final investment decision (FID)
    • Phase 3 will involve detailed Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) leading to commissioning and operation.

 

The Project, undertaken by Boral in collaboration with Calix, will help accelerate Calix’s LEILAC technology through development of both cement and lime deployment options, as well as alternative fuels and renewable energy use.

Since 2019, Calix’s LEILAC technology has been piloted with leading cement and lime companies in Europe and recently attracted US-based impact investment fund Carbon Direct to invest directly into the LEILAC technology to accelerate global development and deployment.

The Project, in the NSW Southern Highlands aims to:

  • Develop CO2 capture capability for Boral’s cement and lime facilities,
  • Assess alternative energy sources such as renewable energy and alternative fuels, to further reduce CO2

Options for utilisation of the CO2 from the Project will also be assessed which, when combined with alternative fuels or renewable energy to power the technology, are targeted to create truly zero emissions lime and cement.

The Project objectives are aligned with the Government’s Technology Roadmap to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and to lower the cost of Carbon Capture, Use and Storage to less than $20/tonne.

This funding will now support Boral and Calix in finalising key commercial terms and commencing design. If the initial feasibility phase, which is expected to take about twelve months, is successful, a full FEED study will follow leading to an FID, followed by an EPC and operational phase.

Calcination process for lime decarbonisation

Lime, one of the most vital minerals used on Earth

Lime is amongst the oldest and most important materials used on earth and an essential element in global civilisation, yet most of us don’t know the vital role it plays in our day-to[1]day lives. With such ubiquitous usage, the global lime market reached a value of around $US 41.93 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $US 51.04 billion by 2028. The high maturity markets, in terms of usage, include North America and Europe, while markets with high growth potential include South America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Lime refers to products derived from burnt (calcined) limestone, such as quicklime and hydrated “slaked” lime. Limestone is nearly half CO2 by weight. The CO2, which is trapped in the rock, is released when making lime.

Lhoist, a key partner in helping develop Calix’s LEILAC technology, 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. It serves industries like steel, environmental, building and civil engineering, pulp and paper, and agriculture.

Lime production and the climate challenge

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (6th Assessment) Report stated that it is now unequivocal that human influence, primarily through the production of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, is causing widespread and rapid changes to the climate.

To have the best chance of avoiding a two degree rise in global temperatures, the global average personal carbon footprint needs to reach zero by 2050. To achieve this, all sectors of society must deliver emission reductions and governments are taking actions to this effect.

“By acting now,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in mid-July, “we can … choose a better, healthier and more prosperous way for the future.”

As environmental regulations toughen, and shareholders and stakeholders place increasing pressure on companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lime producers need solutions quickly to help mitigate their CO2 emissions.

Calix’s LEILAC (“Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement”) technology is available now to efficiently separate the CO2 emitted in lime production. Calix’s LEILAC technology captures the process CO2 emissions that are generated when limestone is heated (see graphics above). These emissions are unavoidable regardless of the fuel type and can constitute up to 75 per cent of CO2 emissions from a lime plant. The remainder comes from burning fuel.

Further advances in Calix’s LEILAC technology, such as the ability to electrify the whole of the heating requirement, and power it from renewable energy, means that zero-emissions lime manufacturing can be achieved.

LEILAC-2 passes Financial Investment Decision (FID) milestone

Calix’s innovative project for capturing CO2 emissions from cement and lime sectors – “LEILAC-2” – passes Financial Investment Decision milestone

Highlights:

  • The Calix lead LEILAC-2 project has passed its Financial Investment Decision (FID) to build a plant capable of capturing 20% of a cement plant’s CO2 at very low cost. It will be integrated into HeidelbergCement’s operational plant in Hannover, Germany.
  • Supported by the EU’s Horizon 2020 scheme, the Calix design is for a new type of capture technology, designed as a retrofit, scalable module, that aims to use alternative and renewable fuels.
  • This FID milestone has been achieved despite the complications arising from the global pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We are now proceeding with detailed design, purchasing long-lead items, and expecting to commence construction in 2023. There remain key project risk flag points prior to purchasing major components, given the market situation.
  • The LEILAC approach is designed to enable a green and just transition to a low-carbon future with the objective of strengthening local industry and maximising the use of local resources, whilst also addressing climate change.
  • This first-of-a-kind modular retrofit, which addresses a cement plant’s unavoidable emissions, is aiming to ultimately separate CO2 for a cost of €20 to 25 per tonne of CO2.
  • The LEILAC-2 plant is located in Hannover, providing a potential testing and backbone for future use and offshore storage options, and an excellent opportunity for decarbonising central European industry.
  • The LEILAC-2 Project Consortium includes HeidelbergCement, Calix, CEMEX, Cimpor, Engie, IKN, Lhoist, and other global research and governmental partners.
  • Critical global climate change targets have been committed to for 2050, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports emphasising the need to accelerate the deployment of all CO2 mitigation technologies, and it is hoped that LEILAC can play a key role.

LEILAC – Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement – aims to demonstrate, at industrial scale, a breakthrough technology that can capture a cement or lime plant’s unavoidable process emissions for minimal cost, thereby providing a viable and effective decarbonisation solution. The LEILAC-2 plant is being designed to capture 100ktpa of CO2.

The cement and lime industries play a vital role in our society. Cement is used in our roads, buildings, homes, offices and almost all infrastructure. Lime is used in a variety of applications, including the iron and steel, chemical, paper, pharmaceutical, drinking water, food, and farming industries. However, the cement industry alone is responsible for around 8% of global CO2 emission, as most of its emissions are inherent to the production process and are therefore difficult to avoid. Most cement associations and companies have committed to “net-zero” environmental processes, requiring the majority of cement plants to have carbon capture and storage solutions in place as quickly as possible.

The LEILAC Group, a subsidiary of Calix Limited, aims to apply a breakthrough in carbon capture technology that will enable the cement and lime industries to reduce their emissions dramatically – while retaining their international competitiveness – by capturing those process emissions at low cost. This is a completely new ‘type’ of carbon capture technology, which is a “process modification” approach, rather than requiring additional chemicals or processes, so CO2 can be separated at very low cost. The technology can also be retrofitted in a modular form at any scale, and aims to use any fuel or energy source (such as biomass, hydrogen, or electricity) – providing a ‘future proof’ solution.

The LEILAC-2 project was established to: demonstrate that the Calix technology can be a retrofitted solution capable of capturing 20% of a plant’s emissions; be integrated without causing issues or major interruptions to the host plant; investigate the use of alternative fuels; and, be a replicable module enabling significant scale up. Since the LEILAC-2 project commenced in 2020, as a global society we have faced significant challenges resulting in delays and price increases across the supply chain. Despite these challenges, the project teams – involving talented individuals from all of the project partners – have managed to progress, de-risk and develop a costed and technically viable design. The project successfully passed its FID decision milestone, and will now proceed into the detailed design phase through 2022, followed by procurement and construction of the plant itself. There will be risk related gateways throughout the coming months to assess and deal with various risks, particularly for purchasing long lead items, and to address the current market volatility.

Although there are considerable challenges ahead, LEILAC-2, despite being a first of a kind demonstration retrofit, has the potential to separate CO2 at low cost at a commercial scale. Including expected compression, fees and, capex costs – this equates to an “abatement” (not just capture) cost of around €20-25 per tonne.

 

Antonio Clausi, HeidelbergCement Group Director Competence Center Cement commented:

“At HeidelbergCement, we are testing a wide range of new technologies to decarbonise the cement production process. Our goal is to achieve these CO2 reductions while minimizing the need for additional resources, particularly fossil-based energy, and lowering costs. Maturing the LEILAC technology, steered by the highly committed Calix team, is therefore one of our priorities.”

Despite the considerable challenges ahead, LEILAC-2 – despite being a first of a kind demonstration retrofit – has the potential to separate CO2 at low cost at a commercial scale. Including expected compression, fees and, capex costs – this equates to an “abatement” (not just capture) cost of around €20-25 per tonne.

If the LEILAC-2 plant can reach its nameplate capacity, this EU funded plant may capture €7.5 – 9.5million worth (EU ETS – or European Union Emissions Trading System) of CO2 annually for a total annual operating cost of €2million. The design is a replicable module, that can be duplicated to and scaled to capture 100% of a plant’s emissions. The storage of the CO22, using well established, regulated and safe practices, would be required to ensure it does not reach the atmosphere, with a variety of options being put in place globally.

LEILAC-2 remains a research and development plant, with risks as noted above, but is designed to deliver a replicable module that will be a step change in capturing carbon emissions in the cement and lime sectors.

To mark this success, there will be a new website, and logo for the LEILAC Group – underscoring the central vision of successfully and economically decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors. The LEILAC technology is unfolding as a practical and affordable pathway for local industries to thrive in a carbon-constrained future.

 

Phil Hodgson, Calix MD and CEO and Chairman of the LEILAC-2 Executive Board commented:

“The positive FID decision marks a significant milestone and further demonstrates the momentum which is building around the LEILAC-2 project. The completion of the FEED has been achieved despite the challenging circumstances and is a testament to the strong level of collaboration which has been cultivated between the consortium partners, who have all worked together to make significant progress on this breakthrough project.”

 

The consortium is led by the LEILAC Group (technology provider Calix), and comprises HeidelbergCement, CEMEX, Cimpor, IKN GmbH, Lhoist, Port of Rotterdam, Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Geological Survey of Belgium (GSB), the Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH), Polytechnic University of Milan (POLIMI), and Engie.

It is supported by the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute (GCCSI), CEMBUREAU, European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA), European Lime Association (EuLA). The project aims to apply and demonstrate a breakthrough technology that will enable the cement and lime industries to reduce their carbon footprint significantly.

“At HeidelbergCement, we are testing a wide range of new technologies to decarbonise the cement production process. Our goal is to achieve these CO2 reductions while minimizing the need for additional resources, particularly fossil-based energy, and lowering costs. Maturing the LEILAC technology, steered by the highly committed Calix team, is therefore one of our priorities.” Antonio Clausi, Heidelbergcement Group Director Competence Center Cement

Our participation in the LEILAC 2 project is another example of our continued efforts to deliver net-zero CO2 concrete products globally by 2050,” said Vicente Saiso, Global Vicepresident of Sustainabiluty of CEMEX. “We are determined to contribute in research and development efforts pursuing high impact technologies in carbon capture, use, and storage.”  Vicente Saiso, CEMEX

“The LEILAC-2 technology can provide a very elegant and cost-effective solution for directly separating the very hard to abate CO2 process-related emissions of a cement kiln while at the same time “net-zero” fuels will pave the way to dramatically reducing CO2 fuel-related emissions. Once tested and successfully scaled up, it should become the 21st century version of Columbus’ egg.” Paulo Rocha, CIMPOR

“To respond to the scale of the challenges we continuously face, except from diversification of our supply energy mixture, putting renewables as the cornerstone, we need to manage the associated air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, since fossil fuels will continue to be an important part of the global energy mix. LEILAC, inherently designed to be, scalable add adaptable advanced CC technology, is one of the most promising responses, capable also of maximising the large and untapped potential of low-emitting alternative sources of energy.” Nikos Nikolopoulos, Director or Research, CERTH

 

“As a society, we need to do everything we can to quickly move towards a low-carbon economy, as part of a just-transition, and we believe that LEILAC can contribute strongly to our future. In a time of significant change and instability, the contribution and drive of the partners involved in this project show the desire to decarbonise industry as quickly and as efficiently as possible.” Daniel Rennie, CEO LEILAC Group

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