The first plant producing low-carbon cement (LC3) has started production at Cuba’s Universidad Central Marta Abreu de Las Villas, according to local media.

The experimental unit, which is operated by the Geominera del Centro Co., is expected to produce between 8 to 10 tpd. Output from the plant will be used in the production of 1 million blocks per year for the province of Villa Clara and other markets where Geominera is active.

The plant is the result of a collaboration between the university’s Habitat project, funded by the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (COSUDE) and the Industrias Putin de Instalaciones Automáticas para Cerámica (IPIAC).

LC3 cement has been developed by CIDEM in conjunction with the Federal Polytechnic University of Lausanne, Switzerland, since 2009 and has been used experimentally in a wide range of construction applications.

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