MPA, Hanson UK successfully trial hydrogen in a cement kiln

MPA, Hanson UK successfully trial hydrogen in a cement kiln

A UK cement kiln has successfully operated with hydrogen technology to become a world first in utilising this technology for cement power, said the Mineral Products Association (MPA) today (Sept 29).

Led by the MPA, Hanson UK and supported with £3.2m ($4.32m) by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the trial successfully paves the way forward for net zero operation using hydrogen.

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In utilising hydrogen for commercial scale cement manufacturing, the mix in the trial consisted of tanker delivered hydrogen as well as meat and bonemeal (MBM) and glycerine.

If hydrogen is fully implemented for the whole kiln system, it is estimated that around 180,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide could be saved each year at the Ribblesdale site alone.

This is in comparison to the regular coal which is currently used at the site.

Dr Richard Leese, Director of Industrial Policy, Energy and Climate Change, at the MPA, said, “Our sector is committed to advancing ground-breaking collaborative research and innovation to meet the industry’s climate change objectives.

“This world first trial has demonstrated the potential of using net zero fuel mixes for the manufacture of cement at commercial scale.

“Building on the significant steps our members have already taken through the use of waste derived fuels, in the future we envisage that combining the use of net zero fuels with Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) technology will enable the production of cement to capture more carbon than it emits.”

Greg Hands, the UK Minister for Energy & Climate Change, said, “This project, supported by £3.2m ($4.32m) in government funding, is a key example of how we are supporting industry to reduce emissions and move away from relying on fossil fuels.

“Fuel switching and developing hydrogen technology will be vital for decarbonising industries such as cement production and will help us further develop the green infrastructure needed as we drive forward the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.”

US DOE, General Motors, Microsoft and Plug Power

What does the US Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors, Microsoft and Plug Power have in common? They’re all speaking at H2 View’s North American Virtual Hydrogen Event in October. Will you be joining us on October 19?

North America is in a prime position to lead efforts in decarbonisation, but it still has great distances to travel. The region has been giving chase in a race to green hydrogen dominated by Europe and Asia-Pacific. If policymakers and industry can work together and take the right steps to realise a hydrogen vision, the region is perfectly placed to expand its global energy leadership at scale and speed.

What lessons can be learned from Europe’s policymakers? What are the challenges to be overcome? What are the strengths and opportunities? How can North America go from giving chase to taking a lead in hydrogen? These are all questions our virtual event will address across H2 View’s four pillars of Mobility, Power, Policy and Technology.

Further information on the event, agenda and confirmed speakers can be found here.

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