Dear reader,
This is the 6th and second last newsletter from the CEMCAP project.

In the present newsletter you can read about the second ECRA/CEMCAP workshop that was organised in Düsseldorf, and you can find the links to YouTube films about CO2 capture from cement (two from CEMCAP and one from Norcem). Several cemcap deliverables have been published on our webiste recently, and we have news about project publications. IEA has launched a Cement Technology roadmap and ECRA has initiated an oxyfuel demonstration project together with the cement industry.

The final CEMCAP Technical Meeting

On June 6-7, the final regular CEMCAP Technical Meeting was hosted by SINTEF in Trondheim. The event was highly appreciated by all present, and included final presentations from many of the work packages, presentations from the still ongoing work about retrofitability and techno-economic comparisons of different CO2 capture technologies for cement plants. The meeting also provided an opprotunity to discuss the final CEMCAP conclusions, to be presented during the ECRA/CEMCAP/CLEANKER workshop in Brussels in October (more info at the end of the newsletter). The workshop also included a lab tour at SINTEF/NTNU for all participants, where it was among other things possible to see the CO2 liquefaction test ring in operation.
The CEMCAP project team in the laboratories of SINTEF/NTNU.

ECRA/CEMCAP workshop in Düsseldorf

The 2nd ECRA/CEMCAP workshop was arranged by project partner ECRA and took place on November 6-7th, 2017 in Düsseldorf. Over 80 delegates from industry and research participated in the workshop. The workshop started with a poster session, where progress and conclusions so far in the CEMCAP project were presented, followed by a full day of presentations on various aspects of CO2 capture and storage (CCS) for cement production.

Read more about the workshop and the work presented there in the blog. Presentations and posters from the workshop can be found on the CEMCAP website
Dr Martin Schneider of ECRA opening the poster session on October 6th.
Jost Lemke from thyssenkrupp presenting oxyfuel technology for cement kilns.

CEMCAP on film! – "Showcase your project" and testing of the oxyfuel clinker cooler

A short film describing the CEMCAP project has been uploaded to YouTube in a response to a "Showcase you project" call for video submissions from the EU Research Executive Agency. Also, a longer film, giving an overview of cement production, the CEMCAP project and showcasing experiments in the oxyfuel clinker cooler developed in the project, has been uploaded to YouTube.

You can watch the short CEMCAP film (1:36 minutes) here (YouTube link) and the longer film (10:19 minutes) here (YouTube link)! The films can also be viewed on the CEMCAP website. Feel free to spread the films on social media to show why research on CO2 capture from cement production is important.

Guest blog about oxyfuel technology in the cement industry from VDZ on #SINTEFblog

You can also read more about the clinker cooler experiments and on the outlook towards industrial-scale oxyfuel combustion in cement on in the VDZ guest blog by Marco Lino and Johannes Ruppert.

Norcem gets funding for full-scale CO2 capture FEED study from the Norwegian government. Click on the link to read more!

You can also watch the film from Norcem on youtube, to learn how they foresee to realize CO2 capture at their plant in Brevik, Norway. The film also presents how the captured CO2 would be connected to a Norwegian CO2 transport and storage infrastructure, thus realizing full-scale CCS.

CEMCAP deliverables

Roughly five months remain of the CEMCAP project, and many deliverables are being finished these days. An important deliverable is the CEMCAP Framework for comparative techno-economic analysis of CO2 capture from cement plants (D3.2). This deliverable, a true cornerstone in the CEMCAP project, has received its final approval from the EU and is therewith available both in CORDIS and has been uploaded to the CEMCAP community in Zenodo.org, where it has been assigned a DOI. We recommend that you use the DOI when citing this deliverable, which provides the underlying input for the simulations of the CEMCAP reference kiln as well as the investigated CO2 capture technologies. The blog from the presentation of this report during the TCCS9 conference is a good introduction to this report, which is truly a cornerstone in the CEMCAP project.

Recent deliverables published on the CEMCAP website (not yet available in Zenodo) are:

D5.1 Post-capture CO2 management: options for the cement industry. In this report, a number of possible CCU products are evaluated according to metrics such as the energy demand, the technology readiness level and the market size. Investigated CCU products are described in fact sheets on the CEMCAP website, and a guest blog by Juliana Monteiro from TNO on #SINTEFblog provides a summary of the research.

D6.1 Optimised operation of an oxyfuel cement plant: This report provides a synthesis of all the experimental research on oxyfuel burner, calciner and clinker cooler in CEMCAP, and how these results affect the overall process.

D8.2 Oxyfuel suspension calciner test results: This report presents the results from the experimental work on oxyfuel calcination at IFK, University of Stuttgart.

D8.3 Assessment of calciner test results: This report summarizes and evaluates the experimental work on oxyfuel calciner (D8.2). For oxyfuel mode the calcination temperature shows an evident increase in the range of 40-60°C. Final conclusions on the effective increase must be derived from tests operated in an industrial environment (TRL8).

D9.2 Analysis of oxyfuel clinker cooler operational performance: This deliverable describes the oxyfuel clinker cooler testing, lessons learnt and also the analysis of the clinker material properties.

CEMCAP conference presentations and publications

CEMCAP researchers regularly participate in conferences and workshops to disseminate results. All presentations are made available at the project webpage after the conferences, while associated papers can be downloaded freely from publishers through open access.
Some additional events where CEMCAP has participated over the past few months:
  • The 8th Korea CO2 Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) International Conference, where Rahul Anantharaman, Research Scientist at SINTEF gave a keynote about the CEMCAP project.
  • The 2nd annual meeting of Horizon2020 project STEMM-CCS researchers, Castelldefels, Spain, where Kristin Jordal, CEMCAP coordinator and Research Manager at SINTEF gave a lecture on CO2 capture, with examples from CEMCAP.
  • The SHAPE ENERGY Horizon 2020 sandpit event in Turin, Italy, where Kristin Jordal, CEMCAP coordinator and Research Manager at SINTEF represented the CEMCAP project during this event that brought researchers from H2020 projects on Low Carbon Energy and Energy Efficiency together with researchers on Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). You can read more about the event and learn about what a sandpit is on the SHAPE Energy website.
  • The 2nd International Workshop on Oxy-Fuel Combustion, in Bochum, Germany, February 14-15th 2018, where Francisco C. Maldonado from University of Stuttgart presented the work on Oxy-fuel investigation with a down-scaled cement kiln burner, and where Jørn Bakken from SINTEF Energy Research presented their work on Modelling of full scale oxy-fuel cement rotary kiln.
Two peer-reviewed papers from CEMCAP have been published in scientific journals since our last newsletter was published:
  • The paper by research partners in CSIC-INCAR, Spain, investigating CO2 carrying capacity of cement raw materials for calcium looping systems. The paper has been published in Energy&Fuels and can be freely downloaded from ACS website .
  • The paper by research partners in Politecnico di Milano and Italcementi, Italy, investigating process integration of tail-end calcium looping in cement plants. The paper has been published in International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control and can be freely downloaded from Elsevier website.
12 abstracts from CEMCAP have been accepted for the GHGT14 conference that will take place in Melbourne, Australia, 7 for oral and 5 for poster presentation.

The GHGT conference series has established itself as the premier international technical conference on carbon capture and storage (CCS), and we are very proud that CEMCAP will be so well represented.

The titles of the presentations and posters are:

Oral presentations:
  • Retrofittable CO2 capture for cement – progress made in the CEMCAP project
  • Retrofitability of CO2 capture technologies to cement plants
  • Techno-economic comparison of five technologies for CO2 capture from cement
  • Simulation, modelling and optimization of different chilled ammonia-based process configurations for CO2 capture applied to cement plants
  • Membrane and membrane assisted liquefaction processes for CO2 capture from cement plants
  • Demonstration of Calcium Looping CO2 capture from cement plants at semi-industrial scale
  • Techno-economic analysis of Calcium Looping processes for low CO2 emission cement plants
Poster presentations:
  • Qualitative study: How the cement producer Norcem interacted with local stakeholders to reinforce public acceptance for CO2 capture
  • CCUS scenarios for the cement industry: is CO2 utilization feasible?
  • Oxyfuel kiln burner tests for a CO2-free cement plant
  • Impact of oxyfuel technology on calcination process
  • Experimental investigation of low-temperature CO2 separation for carbon capture in the cement industry

CEMCAP progress: Post-combustion CO2 capture with membrane-assisted CO2 liquefaction

Most of the experimental research in CEMCAP is already concluded, but work continues in the SINTEF Energy Research lab, where the rig for CO2 liquefaction is now being operated with a mixture of CO2 and nitrogen. CO2 liquefaction is the second step in the hybrid capture technology Membrane-assisted CO2 liquefaction (MAL) that is being investigated in CEMCAP.
David Berstad, SINTEF, adjusting the CO2 filling in the rig that will experimentally verify phase separation of CO2 and Nitorgen. Nitrogen is filled from the central gas storage at the SINTEF/NTNU lab.

The cement industry initiates a demonstration project at two European cement plants

ECRA, in collaboration with Heidelberg Cement and Lafarge Holcim will test oxyfuel technology in two of the industry partners cement plants, one in Italy and one in Austria. The project will focus on ways to adapt the cement production process to the breakthrough CO2 capture technology.

Read ECRAs press release for more information on the demonstration project.

Global Cement Technology Roadmap from IEA and CSI

The international Energy Agency (IEA) and the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) have together published their Global Cement Technology Roadmap that shows how CO2 emissions reductions can be achieved through energy efficiency improvements, switching to alternative fuels, reduction of clinker to cement ratio and integrationg innovative technologies such as CCUS.

And, to conclude this newsletter:

On 17 October 2018 ECRA, CEMCAP and CLEANKER will hold a joint workshop in Brussels to discuss the technological and economic framework for the application of carbon capture technologies in the cement industry.

CEMCAP (G.A. 641185) is a project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme addressing CO2 capture from cement production through the demonstration of different CO2 capture technologies in an industrially relevant environment (TRL 6) based on the previous work of ECRA and Norcem.

ECRA is involved as an industrial advisory group to give guidance to the CEMCAP research consortium and communicate the results within the European cement industry.

CEMCAP started in 2015 and will finalize its work in October 2018. The conclusions from CEMCAP’s experiments and research will be highlighted in the workshop.

CLEANKER is a project that started in 2017, also funded by EU’s Horizon 2020 program. It addresses CO2 capture from cement production by demonstrating calcium looping (CaL) technology in the cement plant (TRL 7). Further presentations will encompass options for direct separation capture technology and carbon capture and storage/utilization (CCS, CCU).

Participation is free.

More details and instructions on how to register will be available in due course on the following websites: www.ecra-online.org, www.sintef.no/cemcap, www.cleanker.eu