The United States Department of Energy (DOE) awarded CEMEX with a grant to research and develop innovative carbon capture technology at its Balcones cement plant in New Braunfels, Texas. The grant will be used to partially fund a feasibility study to implement the technology and is expected to be an important advancement toward the company’s goal to deliver net-zero concrete globally by 2050.
CEMEX is partnering with Membrane Technology & Research, Inc. (MTR) to conduct an 18-month study at the Balcones plant, and explore the potential carbon dioxide emission reduction from installing new membrane technology in the plant’s production process. According to MTR, the membrane will act as a semi-permeable barrier through which carbon dioxide can pass, facilitating carbon capture at a minimal adoption cost.
“At CEMEX, sustainability is embedded in our operations, and we are consistently looking for opportunities to reduce our carbon footprint,” said CEMEX USA President Jaime Muguiro. “We strive to develop and gradually adapt new technology which will help us achieve our ambition to deliver net-zero CO2 concrete to all of our customers. With this grant, we will be able to leverage our expertise to define the feasibility of implementing the membrane carbon capture technology in a cost-effective manner.”
Carbon Capture Utilization & Storage technology is a key lever to deliver on CEMEX’s 2050 ambition, the company said. To achieve that milestone, the producer is currently participating in 20 projects worldwide aimed at accelerating the development of technological solutions, which have the greatest potential to minimize the cost of capture, utilization or avoidance of carbon dioxide on an industrial scale.