Holcim Germany, part of Swiss-French building materials manufacturer Holcim (SWX: HOLN), has started tests of the latest amine scrubbing technology to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its cement plants developed under a research partnership with thyssenkrupp Uhde and the Technical University of Berlin, announced a year ago.
The installation of a first system module at Holcim’s cement plant located in Beckum, Germany marks the beginning of the test phase of the project, which is expected to continue until late 2025. Tests will cover both performance and efficiency of the technology using real exhaust gas from the facility.
The partners will carry out small-scale tests of the new technology, making continuous adjustments as needed and expanding the test capacities with the installation of a second system module with new, innovative processes, Holcim Germany said on its website.
The project is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action under the funding number 03EE5103A.
According to Holcim, the new technology has the potential to make an important contribution to the decarbonization of the cement industry in Germany by significantly reducing CO2 emissions from existing cement plants, while at the same time prospectively utilizing the captured CO2 for other applications.
With the technology the partners expect to produce high-purity CO2 that could be sold to other industries or processed into other energy carriers, for example methanol.
The goal is to equip the plants with devices for carbon capture and processing without having to make any further adjustments to the production process.