Carbon2Product (C2PAT)-Transforming the Green Deal’s aspiration into reality!
Keynote 4: Circular Economy
“C2PAT”is a joint CCU project of Lafarge, Verbund, OMV, and Borealis to create a blueprint for the decarbonization of hard-to-abate industries and will help to reduce fossil-feedstock dependency.
While we are starting with a comparatively small exploration plant in Austria, the project intends to set the trend for the industry transformation.
Circularity and our ability to utilize waste streams like organic waste, used plastics, and CO2as feedstock instead of virgin raw materials are key for a climate neutral society and an opportunity to reduce fossil feedstockby “keeping carbon in the cycle”!
C2PAT aims to demonstrate a novel, first-of-its-kind cross-sectoral carbon value circle at industrial scale. Industrial CO2released during cement production is captured (10,000 tons/y for demo plant) and transformed with green hydrogen into feedstock for a variety of renewable based chemicals and value-add plastics products of top quality and footprint performance.
The overall system is based on the integration and joint operation of different technologies that will be combined into one novel holistic value chain. A facility cluster comprising a carbon capture unit, a water electrolysis to produce green hydrogen, a new synthesis route via Reverse Water-Gas Shift Reaction and Fischer Tropsch Synthesis located at the site of Lafarge’s cement plant in Mannersdorf. Intermediates will be processed at OMV/Borealis sites into olefins and ultimately renewable based value-add plastics.
By demonstrating the feasibility, C2PAT will elaborate innovative operational and business models to develop a scale-up concept for the carbon value circle. The key innovation is using CO2emission from cement production as feedstock for petrochemicals -an integrated and cross-sectoral approach that has never been demonstrated before.
C2PAT also demonstrates a circular economy approach in the cement and chemical sector given that renewable based plastics can be reused and recycled in various recycling streams. C2PAT will explore the market potential for renewable based products, developmodels for control as well as for holistically optimizing the overall value circle.
New know-how will be gathered to transfer the demo plant to the next scaling step: A full-scale plant which can convert almost 700,000 tons of CO2/y into renewable basedproducts. Taking the next steps towards a climate neutral economy will require the right financial as well as favorable regulatory framework conditions at the EU and Austrian national level.
With this ambitious collaboration, Lafarge, OMV, VERBUND and Borealis are showcasing an innovative and viable solution for the transformation towards a carbon neutral economy in Europe.
The joint project is designed in 3 phases: In phase 1, based on a co-signed MoU the partners are evaluating and developing a joint strategy for project development and funding opportunities, business modelling and process engineering. Based on the results of phase 1, a cluster of industrial pilot plants in the Eastern part of Austria could be technically developed and realized until 2023/25 in phase 2. Phase 3 entails the full realization of the presented vision by scaling up to the full size of almost 700,000 tons of CO2/y to be captured will demonstrate the global scalability of the project.
Thu. September 22 | 9.00am – Carbon2Product (C2PAT)-Transforming the Green Deal’s aspiration into reality!