LEILAC Project Update: Technology Development

De-risking approach

The design programme and the development of the technical components of the demonstration plant, is founded on a de-risking approach. This focuses on identifying and effectively tracking and seeking to mitigate risks, allocating resources and funding, and identifying parallel projects and test campaigns to de-risk high priority areas. In this way the LEILAC team can avoid hard trade-offs and reduce the potential for problems due to untested technology or innovations.

Risk reduction programmes include:
• Impurity testing
• Materials testing
• Development of distribution systems
• Design of novel seals and conveying systems
• Combustion system design

The LEILAC team are on track to developing a commercially relevant solution, addressing the remaining technical and ancillary systems risks, and enabling the LEILAC 2 demonstration plant to become operational by end-2023.

In the spotlight …

The LEILAC technology has had increased media attention. Most recently:
• Article in World Cement
• Article in International Cement Review

The LEILAC web site https://www.project-leilac.eu/ is currently being updated to include LEILAC 2, with versions available in French, Dutch and a forthcoming version in German to cater for our growing audience.

The road map …

The LEILAC 2 demonstration plant, once operating and tested, along with the fully developed roadmap will facilitate the accelerated deployment of the LEILAC technology, enabling the cement and lime industries to take giant steps forward towards reaching the required emissions reductions by 2050.

The completed LEILAC 1 pilot alongside the HeidelbergCement plant in Lixhe, Belgium.

Simon Thomsen on the economical benefits of the technology

Project LEILAC core technology – Direct Separation

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