The primary objective of this project is to prepare the ground for large-scale implementation of CO2 capture in the European cement industry, which has committed itself to contributing to climate protection measures and therefore to curbing its CO2 emissions.

CEMCAP is an Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Commission and the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). CEMCAP will demonstrate several CO2 capture technologies for the cement industry in an industrially relevant environment.

The CEMCAP project consists of twelve work packages (WP) that are grouped in four sub-projects (SP). The Separation Processes Laboratory of ETH Zurich is involved in three different WPs, which focus on the Chilled Ammonia Process (CAP) and the mineral carbonation. Although the CAP is on the verge of commercialization for coal and natural gas fuelled power plants, it has never been demonstrated for CO2 concentration typical of a cement plant, i.e. exceeding 16%mol. Therefore, CEMCAP aims at adapting the CAP to the conditions found in cement plants. GE Power as technology provider, and ETH Zurich as research partner will collaborate in the study: experimental testing in a high-fidelity laboratory will be conducted and evaluated under realistic cement plant operational conditions.

CEMCAP members visiting a cement plant during the ECRA workshop in Dusseldorf (September 2015)

More details about the project are available.

The ESC member involved in this project is Prof. Marco Mazzotti, Professor of Process Engineering.

The Separation Processes Laboratory research deals with adsorption-based separations and chromatography, and with crystallization processes. Applications are in the purification of biopharmaceuticals and in carbon dioxide capture and storage systems.