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SCHWENK Zement commissions thyssenkrupp Polysius

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World Cement,

SCHWENK Zement GmbH & Co. KG has commissioned thyssenkrupp Polysius to build a demonstration plant for the production of activated clay without calcination.

After the planned commissioning in 2025, the CO2 emissions resulting from the production of cement containing clay will be significantly reduced. The new plant is based on an all-electric clay activation process jointly developed by thyssenkrupp Polysius and Schwenk Zement without calcination and without fuels.

Luc Rudowski, Head of Innovation at thyssenkrupp Polysius: "The composite cement to be produced with the newly developed meca-clay only emits around 350 kg of CO2 per tonne of cement. Compared to average conventional cement production, the CO2 footprint can be reduced by around 42%."

For years, cement manufacturers have been trying to reduce the so-called clinker factor – the proportion of clinker in cement – by adding Supplementary Cementitious Materials. Based on the joint research results in the production of activated clays and the excellent performance achieved in both cement mortar and concrete formulations, SCHWENK Zement and thyssenkrupp Polysius are convinced of the superiority of the new process over conventional clay calcination process. A further advantage: in contrast to the conventional combustion process for clay calcination, the new process does not require any fossil fuels to activate the clay and therefore causes no emissions of air pollutants.

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