GEA announces carbon capture portfolio for high-emission industries

Düsseldorf-based technology group, GEA has announced its carbon capture portfolio for the cement sector and other high-emission industries, with a focus on enhancing decarbonisation efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Practical trials at the Phoenix Zementwerke pilot plant in Beckum, Germany, have demonstrated remarkable results, slashing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in cement production by 90%. This facility, producing 500,000 tons of cement annually, emits approximately 1,000 tons of CO2 daily.

GEA is actively gathering data on emissions from the plant’s exhaust air to further refine the system for larger emission volumes. The options encompass carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture and utilisation (CCU).

If the cement industry were a country, it would rank as the third-largest contributor to global carbon emissions, GEA said in its statement.

Carbon capture has the potential to transform high-emission industries such as cement, glass, and chemicals, greatly enhancing their environmental sustainability.

With a carbon capture portfolio encompassing proven technologies that recover waste heat, pretreat gas, capture CO2, and prepare it for utilisation or storage, GEA is positioning itself as a pioneer in this field, CEO Stefan Klebert said in a comment.

The company’s portfolio comprises four plant sizes, tailored to the waste heat generated in carbon-emitting processes. Once adapted to the specific production plant, these systems can effectively reduce carbon emissions with minimal energy input. As the demand for action and market enthusiasm for investments continue to rise, there is a promising shift from CO2 being a troublesome pollutant to becoming a valuable resource for various industrial applications.

Dr. Felix Ortloff, Senior Director of GEA Carbon Capture Solutions, stressed the importance of an individualised approach to explore carbon utilisation possibilities and the required infrastructure for every customer, which would usher in a new sector of the economy centred around CO2 reuse.

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