Capsol wins award to capture CO2 from cement plants

Norway-based Capsol Technologies (Capsol) has been awarded two new paid feasibility studies for its end-of-pipe- carbon capture technology at two large cement plants in the EU with the potential to capture more than 1.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of carbon dioxide (CO2).

The unnamed owner of the two cement plants has operations in more than ten countries, which total emissions of more than 20 million tonnes of CO2 in 2022.

According to Jan Kielland, CEO of Capsol, the company has received ‘firm response’ from the industry – a strong indication that its proprietary CapsolEoP provides highly competitive value propositions for cement.

“CapsolEoP reduces energy consumption by more than 50% compared to competing technologies, resulting in 25% lower costs per tonne of CO2 captured. In addition, the CapsolEoP is safe and not harmful to the local environment,” he added.

These awards – which are the company’s third and fourth engineering studies for the cement industry – comprise part of Capsol’s nine cement projects in sales engineering and engineering studies totalling a potential of around 10m tonnes of CO2 to be captured annually.

“We are pleased that our solution is gaining attention as demonstrated by an increasing number of incoming requests for sales engineering and engineering studies and look forward to being a major contributor in the path to Net Zero for cement,” said Kielland.

According to the International Energy Agency, the cement industry is estimated to account for more than 300m tonnes of captured CO2 in 2030, around 30% of total installed carbon capture capacity.

In its cement energy technology roadmap, the IEA outlined a possible transition path for the industry to make contributions towards a halving of global CO2 emissions by 2050.

As part of this work, the roadmap estimates that the cement industry could reduce its direct emissions by 18% from current levels by 2050.

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