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Recycling carbon dioxide in the cement industry to produce added-value additives: a step towards a CO2 circular economy

Objective

CO2 from the flue gases of a rotary kiln in a cement industry (CO2: 25 vol%) will be used for the production of value-added chemicals (acid additives for cement formulations) and materials (CaCO3 nanoparticles to be used as concrete fillers). A circular-economy-approach is enabled: the CO2 produced by cement manufacturing is re-used in a significant part within the plant itself to produce better cement-related products entailing less energy intensity and related CO2 emissions by a quadratic effect.
Ionic liquids (bare or amine-functionalised) will be the key technological playground for the efficient and cost-effective (<30 €/ton) purification of CO2 to a purity grade sufficient for the above mentioned utilisation paths. A dedicated pilot plant (flue gas flow rate: 50 Nm3/h) will be developed, based on the knowledge-based selection of the best ionic-liquids composition and operating conditions.
Within a final TRL 6 integrated system demo campaign, the thereby derived CO2 will be utilised in parallel to:
-) promote the precipitation of nano-CaCO3 powders which act as strength enhancer and accelerator of the hydration rate.
-) synthesize through electrocatalytic and catalytic pathways formic acid, oxalic acid and glycine to be used as hardening acceleration promoters, grinding aids or ionic liquids additives, respectively.
Distinctive features of the RECODE approach are the high process intensification and scale-up-ability; the use of low-grade heat sources; the meaningful reduction of CO2 emissions (>20% accounting for direct and indirect means) and the good market potential of their products at a mass production scale.
The first two years of the project will be focused on the development of key functional materials and process units at TRL 4-5, the third year on the assembly of single-process lines certified at TRL 5-6, and the fourth year on the assembly and testing at a cement manufacturing site (TITAN) of the TRL 6 integrated CO2 process.

Call for proposal

H2020-SPIRE-2017
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Coordinator

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 761 954

Participants (13)

AVANTIUM CHEMICALS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 856 807,50
Address
Zekeringstraat 29
1014 BV Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 515 596,25
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
European Research Institute of Catalysis A.I.S.B.L.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 534 826,13
Address
Rond-point Schuman 14
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
DVGW DEUTSCHER VEREIN DES GAS- UNDWASSERFACHES - TECHNISCH-WISSENSCHAFTLICHER VEREIN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 536 903,75
Address
Josef Wirmer Strasse 1-3
53123 Bonn
Activity type
Research Organisations
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 456 407,50
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 522 803,50
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 508 225
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HYSYTECH SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 349 282,50
Address
Strada Del Drosso 33 18
10135 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IOLITEC IONIC LIQUIDS TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 630 826,94
Address
Salzstrasse 184
74076 Heilbronn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UAB MODERNIOS E-TECHNOLOGIJOS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 510 107,13
Address
Vismaliuku G 34
10423 Vilnius
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
M.T.M. SRL

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 16 267,50
Address
Via La Morra 1
12062 Cherasco
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TITAN CEMENT COMPANY AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 423 605
Address
Halkidos Street 22A
111 43 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CUBOGAS S.R.L.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 280 802,30
Address
Piazza Santa Barbara 7
20097 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)