CEMEX Joins Ground-Breaking Consortium to Generate Electricity Using Supercritical CO2 Technology

CEMEX Joins Ground-Breaking Consortium to Generate Electricity Using Supercritical CO2 Technology

June 09, 2021
• CEMEX is part of an innovative consortium of 21 partners to deliver a ground breaking supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) waste heat recovery system at its Prachovice cement plant in the Czech Republic.

  • The project aims to generate up to 8% of the cement plant’s electricity needs.
  • The consortium has obtained nearly €14m funding from the Horizon 2020 Industrial (Waste) Heat to Power conversion call, to drive implementation and testing of the technology over a four year project period starting in June 2021.

Comprising of both profit and non-profit organizations, the consortium will use a special configuration of heat exchangers and heat transfer fluid for higher efficiency. The plant is expected to generate about 2 MW of electrical power, which is around 8% of the cement plant requirements. 
CEMEX places Climate Action as a daily priority and supports EU policies towards net zero CO2 targets. As a global group, CEMEX aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 35% by 2030 compared to 1990 and to deliver net zero CO2 concrete by 2050. In 2020 CEMEX’s European operations had reduced CO2 emissions by around 35%, and became the first Company in the sector to align to the EU’s aspiration to reduce emissions by at least 55% by 2030.  
“The new sCO2 technology has a smaller footprint and higher operational flexibility than conventional power plant cycles, which produce power from turbines using water or steam. The sCO2 cycles use CO2 that is in a supercritical state - at a temperature and pressure above its critical point where liquid and gas phases are not distinguishable” – said Karol Czubara, CEMEX’s Prachovice Cement Plant Director.
The project further demonstrates CEMEX’s clear Climate Action strategy which shows further progression on upscaling ground breaking technologies to decarbonise the business and meet EU and CEMEX climate targets.
More information on the project and the consortium partners can be found at: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101022831

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