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PCC Hydrogen signs MoU with cement manufacturer

PCC would use ethanol as a feed source and capture the CO2 byproduct to deliver negative carbon hydrogen for cement manufacturing.

Summit Materials, a vertically integrated construction materials solutions provider, in partnership with its subsidiary Continental Cement Company, has entered into an MoU with PCC Hydrogen, establishing a formal alliance to develop a fuel replacement strategy to lower carbon emissions from cement manufacturing.

The project aims to deploy negative carbon intensity hydrogen derived from ethanol as a replacement fuel for the existing hydrocarbon fuels used as a source of heat in the cement manufacturing process, according to a news release.

Continental Cement will provide its expertise related to the use of alternative fuels in the cement production process, while PCCH2 will develop a plan for the construction of one of its hydrogen production facilities to support the hydrogen needs resulting from the collaboration. It is the first MoU of its kind signed by Continental Cement and represents another positive step toward its efforts related to decarbonizing cement production.

“Continental Cement has a longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship, seeking out opportunities to develop innovative practices and differentiated solutions to build a better tomorrow,” said David Loomes, President at Continental Cement. “Our company has signed on to the Portland Cement Association’s (PCA) Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality, a goal of achieving carbon neutrality across the value chain by 2050.”

Using ethanol as a feed source and by capturing the pure CO2 byproduct of the hydrogen manufacturing process, PCCH2 can deliver high purity, negative carbon green hydrogen to fuel Continental Cement’s manufacturing process resulting in optimal efficiency and thermal stability. Green hydrogen is one of the most attractive means to mitigate CO2 in industrial applications and ultimately to get closer to net zero CO2 emissions.

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