New O.C.O Technology partnership will see first carbon negative aggregate plant built in Europe by 2024
A partnership between carbon negative aggregates
specialist O.C.O Technology and Repsol-Petronor has paved the way for the
development of the first commercial plant in Europe to manufacture carbon
negative aggregates using O.C.O’s expertise and technical capability.
The project, which has received rsFunding from the
European Commission’s Innovation Fund, is expected to be completed by mid-2024
and will see the new facility built near Petronor in Spain.
It will use O.C.O’s patented Accelerated Carbonation Technology
(ACT) process to treat different types of raw material with waste carbon
dioxide gas from Repsol-Petronor’s refineries. This in turn will enable the
permanent capture of
significant amounts of CO2,
producing a truly carbon negative artificial aggregate – known as Manufactured
LimeStone (M-LS) – for use in the construction sector.
The team behind the project say the process will see around 22,000
tons of waste treated every year, cutting carbon emissions by an estimated
2,200 tons of CO2 annually.
Stephen Roscoe, Technical Director at O.C.O
Technology, says: “Developing this European facility in partnership with
Repsol-Petronor is a significant development for O.C.O and one we are very
“Partnerships of this calibre demonstrate O.C.O’s
strength as a market leader in carbon capture technology and show the huge
potential that our ACT process has within different industry sectors. We
look forward to working with Repsol-Petronor to deliver the new facility and
the associated carbon capture benefits.”
The European Commission’s Innovation Fund programme
awards funding to the most innovative projects for the development of
low-carbon technologies that are close to pre-commercial scale. Out of more
than 230 applications, only 32 projects were successful.
While this latest partnership underlines O.C.O’s credentials on the European stage, the company is already working with Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation on a project to use ACT for the carbonation of slag waste from steel processing plants.
It is part of a wider remit with Mitsubishi Corporation to assess the
opportunity for carbonating new waste materials, and comes after the
Japanese giant chose O.C.O as one of only four global companies – and
the only one in the UK – to join its Green Concrete Consortium, which is
focused on ways to transform CO2 into carbon negative concrete and aggregates.