Concrete Chemicals: Project consortium in new composition

Stefan Schmorleiz, Managing Director of CEMEX Zement GmbH and Plant Manager CEMEX Zementwerk Rüdersdorf (left), welcomes the partners of ENERTRAG and Sasol ecoFT

12th April 2022, Berlin / Dauerthal / Johannesburg – To make air transport possible even in a CO2-neutral world, three players from completely different backgrounds have joined forces in the “Concrete Chemicals” project. Global cement producer CEMEX, ecoFT, part of the integrated chemical company Sasol, and renewable energy company ENERTRAG are planning the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which will concurrently contribute to the decarbonisation of the cement industry.

For this purpose, the three partners combine their technical know-how in Germany: ENERTRAG will produce green hydrogen exclusively with energy from regional wind and solar plants. CEMEX will capture the CO2 generated during cement production, now a liability in a hard-to-abate sector, on-site and will thus provide another raw material for the production of the SAF while reducing its COemissions. To produce the SAF, Sasol ecoFT will contribute its innovative Fischer-Tropsch technology. The e-kerosene will be certified for use in aircraft, which includes its chemical properties such as composition and purity. Furthermore, the project partners intend that the e-kerosene will meet the EU RED II criteria and thus allow it to be accounted for in the greenhouse gas reduction quota and the mandatory minimum blending quota for PtL kerosene.

The green hydrogen will be produced as part of the ENERTRAG-IPCEI project “Electrolysis Corridor East Germany”. In this project, exclusively renewable electricity is also used for the production of 40 tonnes of green hydrogen per day.

Concrete Chemicals, like the Electrolysis Corridor Eastern Germany, is part of “doing hydrogen”. From H2 production to transport and consumption, doing hydrogen covers all essential elements of an H2 value chain and thus connects H2 projects in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Brandenburg, Berlin, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. 

For the realisation of the pioneer project, which is to be implemented on the CEMEX site in Rüdersdorf near Berlin, the consortium is preparing funding applications, which will be notified at European level.

Please find the full press release of Concrete Chemicals.

More information on the doing hydrogen project Concrete Chemicals Scale-up