Taiwan Cement Corporation (TCC) is teaming up with Germany’s thyssenkrupp Polysius to develop a novel carbon capture solution.
The two companies announced their cooperation after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which will be an advancement in Taiwan’s strategy to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
Cement and concrete, as one of the most hard-to-abate sectors, as far as CO2 emissions go, is responsible for roughly 8% of the world’s total emissions, making it critical to address.
The new carbon capture project will be hosted at TCC’s Hoping Plant, featuring a Separate Oxyfuel Calciner technology, which adds pure oxygen to the calcination process and increases the concentration of CO2 captured to more than 90%.
Furthermore, the innovative solution also reduces energy use, thus, essentially bringing down the cost of the operation.
Once complete in 2026, TCC and thyssenkrupp Polysius (tkPOL) hopes for the joint carbon capture project to start capturing more than 100,000 tons of CO2 per annum by 2030.
The captured emissions are set to be utilized (i.e., converted into valuable products), stored away permanently or even aligned with carbon credits schemes.
Mr. Nelson Chang, Chairman of TCC, commented on the recent announcement: “Cement has created the civilized society we live in today, and TCC will continue to participate in energy transition and support the development of future civilizations. However, we are also emitting greenhouse gases.”
“Therefore, this cooperation is aimed at solving this problem. Polysius is a golden name in the cement industry, and we are honored to be able to create the future together with you, not only for the cement industry but also for the world,” Chang said.