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Sumitomo SHI FW demonstrates capturing carbon emissions for steel, cement and power

Climate change can be effectively stopped by removing carbon emissions from industrial processes. To speed this up, Sumitomo SHI FW (SFW) joined forces with 20 partners from industry and academy in the EU-funded CaLby2030 project. The project strives to decarbonize hard-to-abate CO2 sources by using Calcium Looping (CaL) with SFW’s circulating fluidized bed technology.

Based on Circulating Fluidised Bed reactors (CFBs), CaL is a scalable and retrofittable technology built on SFW’s experience of over 500 CFB plants. It is a cost- and environmentally effective and highly adaptable solution for capturing carbon emissions from multiple industries.

The technology is based on a natural and non-toxic sorbent such as calcium to capture and release high purity CO2. CaL provides synergy with green hydrogen plants whereas cheap and available by-product oxygen is utilized for carbon capture purposes. This leads to reductions in capture costs and the efficient synthesis of carbon negative fuels and materials.

The technology matches industry standards of CO2 capture rate that is higher than 90 % and offers additional revenue streams in the form of decarbonized power and lime for the existing industrial installations.
Mohamed Magdeldin
Director Carbon Capture, SFW

With SFW as a key technology supplier, the CaLby2030 project aims to demonstrate a solution for decarbonizing hard-to-abate sectors, such as the iron, steel and cement industries, as well as CHP power plants that use biomass and wastes.

Calcium Looping is a robust technology to capture carbon emissions from many industries, whose challenging conditions would prevent effective capture otherwise. CaL will be one of the key enablers for global decarbonization, benefitting the entire society.
Edgardo Coda
R&D Director, SFW

The technology will be tested in three industrially sized pilot plants in Sweden, Germany and Spain. The CaL solutions developed and tested in the project will provide a solution to capture millions of tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2026.

In the project, we get to demonstrate the operation of CaL in real industrial conditions, and ultimately scaleup the technology to full size commercial solutions.
Martin Haaf
R&D Manager, SFW

The CaLby2030 project will support SFW and partners to develop the commercial carbon capture projects for OPTERRA’s integrated cement plant in Karsdorf, Germany, Alleima’s Sandviken steelworks plant in Sweden, Hunosa’s LaPareda power plant in Spain and IREN’s waste to energy plants in Italy.


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101075416”. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author (s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.