Carbon Clean announced signing an agreement with LafargeHolcim – the world’s global leader in building solutions, and Sistemas de Calor – a company specializing in thermal installations and liquid and gaseous fuel installations for the development of large-scale carbon capture utilization and storage project.
The three companies have created a joint venture called ECCO2 for the development of a carbon capture technology in the cement factory of LafargeHolcim Spain in Carboneras (Almería).
The captured CO2 from the plant will then be used in Sistemas de Calor’s greenhouses in the region for a process known as carbon fertilization that uses CO2 to enhance natural photosynthesis.
The carbon is also utilized to increase the eco-efficiency of crops by reducing the proportion of water and soil per kilogram of vegetable production.
The project represents a circular carbon economy initiative that aims to reduce industrial CO2 emissions and offer a sustainable future.
According to Isidoro Miranda, CEO of LafargeHolcim Spain, the partnership with Carbon Clean would improve the competitiveness and efficiency of local agricultural production compared to the high-tech greenhouses that already use this technique in other European countries.
Dutch greenhouses, for example, supply CO2 for crop enrichment by burning fossil fuels like natural gas.
A circular project like this one uses the captured carbon already produced by burning fossil fuels somewhere else so there is no need for using additional fossil fuels resources for the process.
The carbon capture plant is planned to start in 2022 with the capture of 10% of the CO2 emissions with the eventual potential of taking out 700,000 tons of carbon dioxide and achieving 100% decarbonization of the cement plant.
The CEO of Carbon Clean, Aniruddha Sharma, commented on the company’s part: “We are delighted to announce this joint-venture… We are confident that, coupled with LafargeHolcim’s extensive expertise in cement manufacturing, Sistemas de Calor’s expertise and our technology, this ambitious project will accelerate the development of the circular carbon economy in the cement industry in Europe.”