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DMX Demonstration in Dunkirk

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DMX, a competitive decarbonisation technology

The DMX process is a patented method for capturing CO2 from industrial activities. The EU-funded 3D project is part of a more comprehensive study dedicated to the development of the future European Dunkirk North Sea Capture and Storage Cluster. The project plans to demonstrate the effectiveness of the DMX process on a pilot industrial scale. The pilot will be located at consortium member ArcelorMittal’s steelworks in Dunkirk, France, where it will capture 0.5 tonnes of CO2 per hour from steelmaking gases. On an industrial scale, the DMX capture method could reduce energy consumption by around 35 % compared to amine-based capture methods.


3D project aims mainly at demonstrating DMXTM CO2 Capture technology in AMF’s Dunkirk (FR) steel mill on an industrial pilot plant (0.5 tCO2/hr.), bringing TRL from 4 to 7, with 76% of requested EU budget (14,8M€). DMXTM will give Europe an edge in cost, environmental- and energy-efficient recovery of CO2. Downstream requirements are fully considered in studies of conditioning, transport and storage in North Sea aquifers. Waste Heat Recovery well combined with DMXTM process will allow reaching unprecedent CO2 Capture cost under 40 €/tCO2.
Environmental, societal and stakeholder’s expectations are dealt from the beginning and all-along the project to ensure capability of deploying the CCS cluster on Dunkirk territory. DMXB solvent production will be optimised industrially and environmentally, through LCA.
3D project is based on an EU holistic approach, building on previous an on-going CCS projects where many 3D partners are involved. 2025 full-scale CCS plant of 1 Mt CO2/y will be implemented from end of 3D project which will be an embryo of the future CCS cluster Dunkirk-North Sea 2035 (10 MtCO2/y). It is a major step in the transformation of energy- and CO2-intensive industries such as steel towards EU targets, with opportunities of job creation all along the CO2 CCS chain, notably for Dunkirk region economies and EU storage Hubs. 3D RTD and engineering providers would develop new markets aside from existing Oil & Gas, smoothing environmental and energy-depletion transition. Furthermore, quality of recovered CO2 through DMXTM process is compatible with food-grade markets.
The project success relies on of a highly skilled and experienced consortium involving the complete chain of CCS and key transversal skills (LCA, SSH, KPI/TRL/cost assessment). 11 complementary partners from 6 European countries, of 2 academics (ETHZ, DTU), 4 technology providers (AP, GASSCO, IFPEN, UETIKON), 3 engineering companies (AXENS, John Cockerill, BREVIK), 2 end-users (AMF, TotalEnergies OneTech).

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IFP Energies nouvelles
Net EU contribution
€ 497 135,00
92500 Rueil Malmaison

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Hauts-de-Seine
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 1 997 133,75

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