German company MAN Energy Solutions (MAN) is to supply its patented ‘Carbon Capture Heat Recovery’ system to HeidelbergCement Norcem (HeidelbergCement) to help lower emissions in its cement manufacture process.

Developed alongside Aker Carbon Capture (Aker), the technology will compress and liquefy carbon dioxide (CO2) at HeidelbergCement’s Brevik, Norway facility before being transported by ship to an underground storage location. 

Due to begin in 2024, 400,000 tonnes of CO2 will be captured each year from the facility, around 50% of the factory’s total emissions. 

Around a third of the total heat demand from Aker’s plant can be delivered by the CCWHR system allowing for heat recovery from the compressor system. 

With hard-to-abate sectors such as the cement industry responsible for a huge amount of global carbon emissions, Erik Langholm Executive Vice President, Projects, Aker, believes carbon capture and storage (CCS) will play an essential role in cutting European CO2 emissions. 

“Aker Carbon Capture has set a target to secure contracts for capturing 10 million tonnes of CO2 annually by 2025,” he added. 

To achieve this target, MAN is set to contribute by supply its electrically-powered compression train – type RG 63-7 with integrated CCWHR technology. This allows for the exploitation of the recovery’s compressor’s compression heat. 

Calling CO2 emissions ‘currently unavoidable’ in the cement production industry, Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO, MAN, stated, “The cement industry is key on the road to a decarbonised future.” 

“We are proud to be able to deliver such an energy-efficient solution for HeidelbergCement Norce.”