CEMEX and Carbon Clean to develop cost-effective carbon capture tech for cement industry

The companies hope the partnership will make carbon capture technology more accessible, more affordable and more efficient on an industrial scale

CEMEX has signed an agreement with Carbon Clean to develop a carbon capture solution for the cement industry at a cost of less than $30/ton (£23.2) per carbon dioxide captured.

The companies hope the partnership will make carbon capture technology more accessible, more affordable and more efficient on an industrial scale.

They will further develop and adapt Carbon Clean’s third-generation modularised carbon capture technology for the cement industry, which uses ‘rotating packed beds’ (RPBs) to intensify the carbon capture process, enabling the equipment to fit into a smaller footprint while capturing a larger amount of emissions.

The technology will be tested in the sector for the first time at a CEMEX facility with the deployment of an industrial-scale pilot during the first quarter of 2021.

Gonzalo Galindo, Head of CEMEX Ventures, said: “Accomplishing carbon dioxide capture at an industrial scale and affordable cost is one of the biggest challenges that CEMEX is facing in its road to deliver net-zero carbon dioxide concrete products globally by 2050. Partnering with Carbon Clean seemed like a perfect fit for us. We believe in their technology and know that working together, we can make possible a more cost-effective carbon capture solution below the $30/ton (£23.2) threshold.

“Carbon Clean’s vision of working with players from various industries is something we value in CEMEX Ventures. Due to the impact of carbon dioxide emissions on global warming and the importance of implementing new solutions to reduce the environmental impact, we look forward to joining efforts with other companies that are also working towards achieving carbon-neutrality.”

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