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Cemex and Carbon Clean to Develop Low-Cost Carbon Capture Technology

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (“CEMEX”) (NYSE: CX) announced today that, through CEMEX Ventures, its Corporate Venture Capital unit, it has signed an agreement with Carbon Clean, a leader in low-cost modular carbon dioxide capture and separation technology, aimed at developing a carbon capture solution for the cement industry that lies below the line of $30US/ton cost of CO2 captured.

The ambitious target of making carbon capture technology accessible and more efficient would be an unprecedented achievement for the cement sector, opening a door of opportunities for further developments in this area.

With the responsibility of taking action to fight climate change and shift towards a carbon-neutral economy, CEMEX Ventures joins forces with Carbon Clean to make possible the development of a technology that allows for the economically viable capture of carbon emissions in the cement industry at an industrial scale. 

As part of the agreement, both companies will further develop and adapt Carbon Clean’s third generation modularized carbon capture technology for the cement industry. Carbon Clean uses an integrated modular system that works using rotating packed beds (RPBs) to intensify the carbon capture process. This technology could provide a significant reduction in both capital cost and equipment size, when compared to traditional capture technologies, enabling the wider-scale commercial deployment of carbon capture systems.

The technology will be tested for the first time in the cement industry at a CEMEX facility by deploying an industrial-scale pilot during the first quarter of 2021. The companies will jointly work toward making the solution even more efficient before the construction of what would be the most cost-effective commercial installation for carbon capture in the cement industry to date. With the capacity to capture up to 100,000 tons of CO2 per year at a cost lower than U.S.$30/ton of CO2 captured; this is a very relevant step in developing the technology required for adoption by the entire cement sector at a worldwide scale.

“Accomplishing CO2 capture at an industrial scale and affordable cost is one of the biggest challenges that CEMEX is facing in its road to deliver net-zero CO2 concrete products globally by 2050. Partnering with Carbon Clean seemed like a perfect fit for us. We believe in their technology and know that working together, we can make possible a more cost-effective carbon capture solution below the U.S.$30/ton threshold,” said Gonzalo Galindo, Head of CEMEX Ventures. “Carbon Clean’s vision of working with players from various industries is something we value in CEMEX Ventures. Due to the effect of CO2 emissions on global warming and the importance of implementing new solutions to reduce the environmental impact, we look forward to joining efforts with other companies that are also working towards achieving carbon neutrality.”

Aniruddha Sharma, CEO of Carbon Clean, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with CEMEX to deliver on our shared goal of decarbonizing the cement sector through the utilization of CCUS. We are confident that this partnership and the operating experience of CEMEX will help us bring down the cost of carbon capture to just U.S.$30/ton of CO2 captured by 2021, which will help accelerate take-up of the technology across the cement industry and beyond.”

Source: CEMEX, September 17, 2020

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Aarni Heiskanen

Aarni Heiskanen, Construction Innovation Agent, is hailed as a Top 100 influencer in construction. Aarni has been a pioneer in computer-aided design, he has co-founded a business software company, and worked as a certified management consultant. He runs AE Partners, an innovation and strategy consultancy. Aarni holds a master's degree in architecture.

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