The primary objective of CEMCAP is to prepare the ground for large-scale implementation of CO2 capture in the European cement industry and to develop the most promising technologies beyond the state-of-the-art.
To achieve this objective, CEMCAP will:
• leverage to technology rediness level (TRL) 6 for cement plants the oxyfuel capture technology and three fundamentally different post combustion capture technologies, all of them with a targeted capture rate of 90%;
• identify the CO2 capture technologies with the greatest potential to be retrofitted to existing cement plants in a cost- and resource-effective manner, maintaining product quality and environmental compatibility;
• formulate a techno-economic decision-basis for CO2 capture implementation in the cement industry, where the current uncertainty regarding CO2 capture cost is reduced by at least 50%.
The project focuses mostly on technologies suitable for CO2 capture retrofit, because cement plants typically have a lifetime of 30 to 50 years. However, the results from CEMCAP will enable looking beyond this horizon as the project will create pathways for the low- to near-zero CO2 emission cement production of the future.
CEMCAP's results will be disseminated across Europe and will help put this industrial sector at the forefront for the strategic decisions and technology development required to adapt to future emission regulations and therewith linked economic conditions.