Continental Cement Inks Deal With PCC Hydrogen

Continental Cement, a Summit Materials subsidiary, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PCC Hydrogen to develop a fuel replacement strategy to lower carbon emissions from its cement manufacturing process. 

The project aims to deploy negative carbon intensity hydrogen derived from ethanol as a replacement fuel for the existing hydrocarbon fuels used as a source of heat in cement manufacturing. Continental Cement will provide its alternative fuels expertise, while PCC will develop a plan for the construction of one of its hydrogen production facilities to support the hydrogen needs resulting from the collaboration. 

“Continental Cement has a longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship, seeking out opportunities to develop innovative practices and differentiated solutions to build a better tomorrow,” said Continental Cement President David Loomes. “Our company has signed on to the Portland Cement Association’s Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality, a goal of achieving carbon neutrality across the value chain by 2050. By coupling PCC’s hydrogen production process with our cement manufacturing know-how, we are taking a bold stride towards achieving that goal while continuing the push to cost-effective decarbonization of cement manufacturing.”

Using ethanol as a feed source and by capturing the pure CO2 byproduct of the hydrogen manufacturing process, PCC can deliver high purity, negative carbon intensity green hydrogen to fuel Continental Cement’s manufacturing process resulting in optimal thermal efficiency.

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