Irving-Based Heidelberg Materials Could Get Up to $500M DOE Funding for Cement Plant Decarbonization

Heidelberg said the project is aimed at advancing decarbonization efforts at its new "state-of-the-art" cement plant in Mitchell, Indiana. The funding will help create "the first full-scale deployment of carbon capture and storage on a cement plant in the U.S.," says CEO Chris Ward.

Irving-based Heidelberg Materials North America has been selected for award negotiation to receive up to $500 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Industrial Demonstrations Program.

Heidelberg said the project is aimed at advancing the integration of full-scale carbon capture, transport, and storage at its new “state-of-the-art” cement plant in Mitchell, Indiana. The funding will build on prior funding that has been awarded by the DOE toward successfully completing the Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) work necessary to verify the project’s technical feasibility.

“This substantial federal funding will help create the first full-scale deployment of carbon capture and storage on a cement plant in the U.S.,” Chris Ward, president and CEO of Heidelberg Materials North America, said in a statement.

“Through this project at the Mitchell facility, Heidelberg Materials is investing in leading the development and application of CCUS [carbon capture, utilization and storage] in our industry, and successful implementation of this technology at scale will play a critical role in achieving our goal of decarbonization,” Ward added.

Part of $6 billion the DOE is devoting to decarbonization solutions

The company said its application for the grant was submitted last year, and Heidelberg Materials will participate in substantial cost share that will leverage the up to $500 million in DOE project funding.

The selection is part of the DOE’s Industrial Demonstrations Program to provide up to a total of $6 billion in funding to demonstrate commercial-scale decarbonization solutions needed to move energy-intensive industries toward net-zero across the nation. It’s is one of 33 projects selected across 20 states as part of this program.

Richardson-based energy-as-a-service company Skyven Technologies is another North Texas company that’s involved in the program. On Monday, we told you how Skyven’s steam generation heat pump technology was selected for award negotiations up to $145 million from the DOE’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations. 

Slashing greenhouse gas emissions at Indiana cement plant

Heidelberg’s new Mitchell cement plant, recently modernized to produce more than three times its previous capacity, incorporates features to minimize energy consumption and enable the use of alternative fuels and raw materials to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the company said. The proposed project for this funding award will capture, treat and prepare for storage or use approximately 2 million tons of CO2 each year from the cement plant.

“Spurring on the next generation of decarbonization technologies in key industries like steel, paper, concrete, and glass will keep America the most competitive nation on Earth,” U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm said in a statement. “Thanks to President Biden’s industrial strategy, DOE is making the largest investment in industrial decarbonization in the history of the United States. These investments will slash emissions from these difficult-to-decarbonize sectors and ensure American businesses and American workers remain at the forefront of the global economy.”

Materials North America is part of Heidelberg Materials, one of the world’s biggest integrated manufacturers of building materials.

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