EU Innovation Fund Awards €4.5 Million To Four Belgian Companies

EU Innovation Fund Awards €4.5 Million To Four Belgian Companies - Carbon Herald
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The EU Innovation Fund will provide a €4.5 million grant to a consortium of four Belgian companies to help decarbonize the country’s industry. Fluxys Belgium, Prefer, Orbix, and Lhoist will use the funds to support their carbon capture, transport, and reuse project (CO2ncrEAT) in the Belgian district Hermalle.

“The CO2ncrEat project is the culmination of several years of research,” said Baptiste Cowez, CTO of Orbix. “It offers both prospects for steelmakers to add value to their by-products and for the construction sector by minimizing the need for natural raw materials.”

The project supported by the EU Innovation Fund will utilize the CO2 capture technology developed by Orbix, which reuses certain steel industry co-products to manufacture construction elements, according to a press release by Fluxys. 

Construction materials producer Prefer will develop masonry blocks together with Lhoist, which is a lime producer and carbon supplier. 

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The masonry blocks will be produced using circular and local raw materials, which would make the process both sustainable and efficient, said Raphaël Grimont, CEO of the Prefer Group.

Fluxys Belgium, a natural gas transport network operator in Belgium, will work on a pipeline to transport carbon from capture to storage, where it will be used to produce construction materials.

The project is estimated to help capture at least 12,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. The captured carbon and recycled co-products from the steel sector will be used as raw materials to produce over 100,000 masonry blocks and prevent the emission of additional 8000 tons of carbon. 

“This project dovetails perfectly with our stated desire to actively develop CO2 capture and sequestration technologies essential to the sustainability of our industry,” said Vincent Deleers, General Manager Lhoist Western Europe.

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