Groundbreaking hydrogen technology has been successfully introduced in all of Cemex’s European cement plants, the cement producer confirmed this week.
With an estimated $40m investment programme, Cemex said it is moving quickly to extend this technology to the rest of its operations around the world, including Mexico, the US, South and Central America, and the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.
Cemex executed initial trials of this innovative technology at its Alicante, Spain cement plant in July 2019 and quickly confirmed its potential as a lever to significantly reduce CO2 emissions.
The technology was installed in 2020 in all cement plants in Europe. In 2021, Cemex said it will roll this out to substantially all its global operations.
With this new technology, hydrogen enhances the cement kiln’s combustion process, adding another relevant tool in the company’s 2030 roadmap to reduce CO2 emissions in the short term.
“The fast adoption of this new hydrogen-based technology is a clear example of Cemex’s innovation efforts and its strong commitment to decarbonize the cement production process,” said Roberto Ponguta, Cemex’s Vice-President of Global Operations, Technical and Energy.
“We continue to identify and deploy existing technologies which have a high potential to contribute to our sustainability goals, and hydrogen is a key lever.”