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NEUTRO: Scaling #lime Carbon Capture might mean thinking Small, Not Big

QualiCal in co-operation with SINERGIA, is designing a small, modular unit that can trap quicklime emissions

a new co-operation startup between QualiCal and SINERGIA is shrinking the size of carbon capture plants as it tries to popularize a green technology that’s been slow to expand beyond limited applications.

SINERGIA, a sustainability-minded italian company specialized in technical gases generation and treatment, is building a small and replicable reactor that can remove carbon dioxide from lime industry in combination with expertise in the lime technologies and the vision of QualiCal, with its ultimate NANO quicklime reactor. Carbon capture could be a key way for lime producers to eliminate their emissions quickly as governments issue net-zero mandates before the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

The lime industry is both energy and carbon intensive. However, unlike most carbon intensive industries, the majority of lime emissions are not generated by heat or power generation but by the chemical reaction that occurs when limestone is heated (Limestone + Energy = lime + CO2, or CaCo3 + energy = CaO + CO2).

Techniques have been around for years, but the low price of pollution dimmed their appeal. In Europe, it costs more than 80 euros (MARCH 2022) to release a metric ton of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere for industries covered by the bloc’s emissions market (referring ETS). That’s the opportunity for QualiCal and SINERGIA, which say it can capture a ton of carbon emissions in very effective manner.

“The only way you can scale up carbon capture between now and 2030 is if it’s modular and mass produced,” said Carlo Cella QualiCal CDO. “Bespoke installation will never get where you want to be.”

According to the European Lime Association

“Cement and lime together represent 8% of the total GHG emissions, both sectors reduced their GHG emissions by 30% between 1995 and 2015 although the text acknowledges the difficulty to reduce emissions. The efforts of the industry are considered not to be enough and we are asked to raise the bar of innovation and further contribute to the energy transition pathway.”

Next Steps

QualiCal is also working on a business plan that would have it operate as a service provider, where it would install the technology and charge to capture emissions, either on a per-ton basis or for a fixed monthly price. Taking away the risk of high upfront cost for the equipment could go a long way in reassuring those who want to use the method to cut emissions.

If all goes to plan, a final product design will be released by mid-2022, and Carbon Clean will start taking orders in 2023. That schedule could line up well with efforts QualiCal to build up a grids of lime producers by a networks NANO lime production units.

The LIME Sustainable and Scalable Production Units by QualiCal

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