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MHIENG to perform carbon capture demonstration test at Japanese cement plant

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd. (MHIENG), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Tokuyama Corporation, one of Japan’s leading chemicals/cement manufacturers, on the implementation of a CO2 capture demonstration testing programme at their cement plant. This programme will take place for a period of nine months commencing in June 2022, and will be the MHIENG’s first implementation to perform demonstration test at a cement plant in operation.

A mobile CO2 capture test unit manufactured by MHIENG is being installed at Tokuyama’s existing cement plant in Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture, where Tokuyama is based. Flue gas from the cement kiln, which contains CO2 and other components would be introduced to the mobile unit for the demonstration test. MHIENG will evaluate its performance and study optimum technology and design suited for cement application. These insights will enable MHIENG to realise CO2 capture in the cement industry, and will also contribute to achieving the industry’s decarbonisation goals.

MHIENG’s CO2 capture technology has already been successfully used in commercial applications at chemical and coal fired power plants, and MHIENG has experience of conducting demonstration tests for industrial fields such as in biomass-fuelled power plants and waste-to-energy plants. With this first demonstration test in a cement plant, MHIENG will acquire further expertise and knowledge of its technology, which will realise stable and continuous CO2 capture with optimised process. MHIENG’s robust operational track record, resulting data and expertise will further accelerate the carbon neutrality in diverse industrial fields both within Japan and around the world.

Besides cement production, Tokuyama is also known for various products in the areas of chemical, life science and the environment. Tokuyama is very proactive in promoting the development of products and technologies that solve the issues the society faces, such as global warming. The demonstration test agreed under this MOU is part of Tokuyama’s commitment to implement specific measures to enable a carbon-neutral society.

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