TCC and Polysius partner on carbon capture project in Taiwan

20 March 2024 17:06

Center for Green Economy

Hoping - Taiwan Cement Corporation, or TCC, has partnered with thyssenkrupp Polysius on a carbon capture project. Aiming to commercialize technology that uses pure oxygen to capture 90 percent of the carbon dioxide that TCC would normally emit in a year, the companies want to capture 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually in their pilot project.

Cement is vitally important for infrastructure around the world. But making cement emits large amounts of greenhouse gases that cause climate change. Now Taiwan Cement Corporation, or TCC, and Germany’s thyssenkrupp Polysius are collaborating on a carbon capture project to address that problem.

The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding that envisions completing the project at TCC’s Hoping plant by 2026 and commercializing the technology by 2030 while capturing annually more than 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide, according to a January 31 press release.

"Cement has created the civilized society we live in today, and TCC will continue to participate in energy transition and support the development of future civilizations,” said TCC Chairman Nelson Chang. “However, we are also emitting greenhouse gases. Therefore, this cooperation is aimed at solving this problem.”

The Hoping plant will host “separate oxyfuel calciner” technology that adds pure oxygen to the cement manufacturing process. This pure oxygen changes the exhaust from the process, allowing TCC to capture more than 90 percent of carbon dioxide usually emitted during cement making and cutting the required energy in the process. The captured carbon dioxide can be reused in other industries, stored, or counted towards carbon credits.

“We see TCC as one of the most innovative companies in the whole region,” said thyssenkrupp Polysius Chief Executive Officer Pablo Hofelich. "You are clearly committed towards a green transition and making this world a better place and avoiding greenhouse emission. With that separate oxyfuel calciner, we can make a big contribution, as it is not only a sequestration solution at the end to avoid emissions.” ce/jd