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Carbon8 Systems hoping for Dutch success

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Company to pilot pioneering ACT carbon capture solution at Netherlands EfW plant

CARBON8 Systems – the UK-based company that invented and owns a process that combines industrial waste residues or by-products with captured CO2 emissions to produce high-value, lightweight construction aggregates – are to deploy their accelerated carbonation technology (ACT) at AVR’s Duiven EfW plant, located 120km east of Rotterdam, in Holland, as part of a groundbreaking pilot project.  

The agreement follows the July 2020 announcement of Carbon8 Systems’ first commercial deployment of their CO2ntainer system at Vicat Group’s Lyon cement plant in France.

Designed to be a modular, containerized solution, and described as ‘carbon capture in a box’, the CO2ntainer will be installed at AVR’s Duiven plant to demonstrate how fly ash produced by an EfW facility can be combined with captured CO2 from the plant’s flue gas emissions to create manufactured aggregate for compliant use in the construction industry.

Each year, AVR’s EfW plant in Duiven processes waste from 1.5 million households, releasing around 400,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Dr Paula Carey, co-founder and technical director of Carbon8 Systems, commented: ‘Working closely with AVR, drawing on our experience of working with the cement industry and following positive lab tests results, we are pursuing a two-phase strategy for deploying our technology in the global energy from waste sector: running a pilot scheme first and then, if successful, into commercial operation.

‘Ideally, we will do this at Duiven or elsewhere within AVR’s operations in The Netherlands. Given the level of flue gas emissions from EfW plants and the need to stop ash going to landfill, and not forgetting the high cost of doing so, we see significant business opportunities for our CO2ntainer in the EfW sector in Europe and worldwide.’

Michiel Timmerije, director of energy and residues at AVR, added: ‘We are interested in the environmental and commercial potential of Carbon8 Systems’ technology. AVR is 100% committed to using solutions that make best use of our CO2 emissions and the ash that our plants produce, as we aim for zero waste.’

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