Innovative Andritz partner Rohrdorfer has started up Germany’s first amine-based CO2 capture plant for cement plants at its main site in Upper Bavaria. This technology developed by Andritz will prospectively make a considerable contribution to CO2 reduction and thus to a sustainable circular economy. The special separation process recovers CO2 as a basic material for a large number of valuable intermediate products for further use in hygiene and pharmaceutical products as well as in the beverage and food industries.
CCU (Carbon, Capture, and Utilization) will be used in this form for the first time on the German market in cement production. Considering all production-related optimizations, the German cement industry can save more than half of all CO2 emissions. For the remaining 40%, it needs processes like CCU to become carbon neutral by 2050. Rohrdorfer aims to produce climate-neutral cement as early as 2038. The partner companies are thus making an important contribution to achieving this CO2 target.
The pilot plant has been in continuous operation since August 2022. Operation was only interrupted for the duration of the annually recurring winter overhaul of the kiln line.
In the future, Rohrdorfer plans to increase the amount of carbon dioxide captured to 1,500 tons per day. Plans for capacity expansion and for a second plant at another Rohrdorf site are underway.
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