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CO₂ as raw material: Heidelberg Materials and Linde build world's first large-scale CCU facility in a cement plant

  • The facility at the German Lengfurt cement plant is scheduled to go into operation as early as 2025 with a capture capacity of around 70,000 tonnes of CO₂ per year
  • Due to its purity, the processed gas will be suitable for use in both the food and chemical industries
  • The project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action with around €15 million 

Heidelberg Materials and Linde have established a joint venture under the name Capture-to-Use (CAP2U) to build and operate a state-of-the-art carbon dioxide capture and liquefaction plant. The world's first industrial-scale carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) facility in the cement industry is scheduled to start operations in 2025 at Heidelberg Materials' Lengfurt plant in Germany. The facility will enable the captured CO₂ from cement production to be reused as a valuable raw material in manufacturing applications. The planned volume of purified and liquefied CO₂ is around 70,000 tonnes per year.

The majority of the CO₂ generated will be marketed by Linde as part of the joint venture. Thanks to its purity, the processed gas can be used in both the food and chemical industries, for example in carbonated mineral water. A smaller proportion will be used by Heidelberg Materials to drive forward new CO₂ recycling and recarbonation technologies. 

For the implementation of this project, the substantial contributions of both partners will be supplemented by funding of around €15 million from the Decarbonisation of Industry funding programme on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK).

”We are pleased to implement the world's first large-scale CCU project in the cement industry together with our partner Linde,” says Dr Dominik von Achten, Chairman of the Managing Board of Heidelberg Materials. “As part of our ambitious global CCUS strategy, we are currently driving forward a number of different industrial-scale carbon capture and utilisation projects. This way, we aim to identify viable and efficient ways to reduce our carbon footprint and reuse CO₂. The project in Lengfurt is scheduled to go into operations as early as 2025. The BMWK funding shows the importance that the German government also attaches to our joint project.” 

”For our customers, a secure, high-quality supply of CO₂ produced in a climate-friendly manner is of particularly high importance,” says Dr Mathias Kranz, Vice President On-Site & Bulk Linde GmbH, outlining the requirements for a CO₂ supply. ”With our partner Heidelberg Materials and the plant in Lengfurt, we will not only be able to expand our supply in the future, but also provide CO₂ in a sustainable and climate-friendly way with short transport routes.” 

”Climate protection is one of the most urgent challenges our industry is facing," says Jürgen Nowicki, Executive Vice President Linde plc and CEO of Linde Engineering. ”With this joint venture, two global leaders in their field are combining their expertise to create a solution that is as sustainable as it is economical. Following successful pilot applications, this industrial-scale facility will pave the way for sustainable cement production.”

The plant is being designed and built by Linde Engineering – one of the leading companies for CO₂ facilities. Based on an amine scrubbing system specially developed for flue gases, the carbon dioxide will be separated directly from part of the exhaust gas stream from the cement clinker kiln. Equipment for purification and liquefaction, tanks for intermediate storage of the product, and loading facilities are also part of the project scope.

Heidelberg Materials, the pioneer on the path to carbon neutrality in its industry, has already successfully tested CO₂ capture based on amine scrubbing technology on an extended laboratory scale at its Norwegian cement plant in Brevik between 2012 and 2016.
Linde brings to the joint venture its expertise in forward-looking, gas-based environmental technologies that allow customers around the world to increase their productivity while reducing their environmental footprint. 

Coat of arms of the Federal Republic of Germany; text: Supported by Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

About Heidelberg Materials

Heidelberg Materials is one of the world's largest integrated manufacturers of building materials and solutions with leading market positions in cement, aggregates, and ready-mixed concrete. We are represented in around 50 countries with around 51,000 employees at almost 3,000 locations. At the centre of our actions lies the responsibility for the environment. As the front runner on the path to carbon neutrality and circular economy in the building materials industry, we are working on sustainable building materials and solutions for the future. We enable new opportunities for our customers through digitalisation. 

About Linde

Linde is a leading global industrial gases and engineering company with 2022 sales of $33 billion. We live our mission of making our world more productive every day by providing high-quality solutions, technologies and services which are making our customers more successful and helping to sustain, decarbonize and protect our planet.

The company serves a variety of end markets such as chemicals & energy, food & beverage, electronics, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and mining. Linde's industrial gases and technologies are used in countless applications including production of clean hydrogen and carbon capture systems critical to the energy transition, life-saving medical oxygen and high-purity & specialty gases for electronics. Linde also delivers state-of-the-art gas processing solutions to support customer expansion, efficiency improvements and emissions reductions.

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