CCS: Past research activities


Cooperation with Norcem Brevik

For several years ECRA has cooperated with the Norcem Brevik cement plant in Norway where different post-capture technology providers have tested their technology under realistic conditions The Norcem project consisted of four individual technologies:

  • Solid sorbent technology by RTI
  • Amine technology by Aker Solutions
  • Membrane technologies by a consortium under the lead of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Carbonate looping by Alstom Power

Cooperation with CEMCAP
The CEMCAP project was funded by Horizon 2020, addressing CO2 capture from cement production by the demonstration of different CO2 capture technologies in an industrially relevant environment (TRL 6) based on the previous work of ECRA and Norcem. CO2 capture technologies with the greatest potential to be retrofitted to existing cement plants were identified and a techno-economic decision basis formulated. The project duration was from 2015 to 2018. ECRA was involved as an industrial advisory group to give guidance to the research consortium and communicate the results within the European cement industry.


ECRA/CEMCAP/CLEANKER Workshop on Carbon Capture Technologies in the Cement Industry held in October 2018 in Brussels

ECRA/CEMCAP/CLEANKER Workshop held in October 2018 in Brussels

On 17 October 2018 the ECRA/CEMCAP/CLEANKER Workshop “Carbon Capture Technologies in the Cement Industry” took place in Brussels, attended by 88 participants from the cement industry, industry associations, research institutes, politicians, NGOs, universities and technology providers.

The workshop discussed the technological and economic framework for the application of carbon capture technologies in the cement industry. It highlighted the results of the three dedicated research projects:

1. ECRA’s carbon capture project, which proposes the demonstration of oxyfuel carbon capture technology in two cement plants,

2. conclusions from CEMCAP’s experimentsand techno-economic assessment and

3. the first year results and engineering of the CLEANKER project.

CLEANKER is a project which started in 2017, also funded by EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. It addresses CO2 capture from cement production by demonstrating calcium looping (CaL) technology in the cement plant (TRL 7).

Further presentations at the workshop encompassed options for direct separation capture technology and carbon capture and storage/utilisation (CCS, CCU). The workshop included a poster session and gave the floor to discussing the portfolio of technologies for carbon capture and their perspective for demonstration in the cement industry at industrial scale.


 The workshop agenda is available here.

 All presentations and posters shown can be downloaded here.

The workshop was followed on 18 October 2018 by a presentation of the CEMBUREAU Low Carbon Economy Roadmap in the European Parliament. It highlighted the importance of carbon capture in the cement industry and of its demonstration as breakthrough technology for achieving CO2 emission reduction targets according to the Paris Climate Agreement. The report “Building Carbon Neutrality in Europe” can be downloaded from CEMBUREAU here.


ECRA/CEMCAP Workshop held in November 2017
On 6-7 November 2017 an ECRA/CEMCAP workshop took place in Duesseldorf on the topic of “Carbon Capture Technologies in the Cement Industry”. The workshop began with a poster session the evening before and was attended by over 80 participants from the cement industry, industry associations, research institutes, NGOs, universities and technology providers. All presentations and the posters from the poster session can be downloaded here.