To further decarbonize the cement industry, FLSmidth and a group of leading industry experts have formed ECoClay. The partnership seeks to reduce CO2 emissions from cement production by up to 50%.
ECoClay partners will develop and commercialize the technology needed to replace fossil fuels in the calcination of clay by fully electrifying the process.
Based on shared research and tests on high-temperature electric heat generation, storage solutions and renewable grid integration, the ECoClay partnership will build a pilot plant at FLSmidth’s R&D Center in Denmark. The consortium will seek to demonstrate how the ECoClay process is superior to the conventional combustion processes, has a smaller physical footprint on site, and significantly lower emissions of air pollutants.
According to the project plan, the ECoClay partners expect to be able to commence construction of the first full-scale electric clay calcination installation by the end of 2025.Led by FLSmidth, the global ECoClay partnership includes the Danish Technological Institute, Rondo Energy, VICAT, Cementos Argos, and the Technical University of Denmark. The project is partly funded by the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP) under the Danish Energy Agency.