The c5Lab aims at contributing to a carbon neutral society by developing solutions for CO2 Capture & Use, synthetic fuels production, energy efficiency, low carbon clinker families and eco-efficient cements and cementitious materials (concretes, mortars, grouts) as well as new sustainable solutions for concrete construction. Research activities in the c5Lab cover three main areas:


Area 1

Area 1 – Capture and reuse of CO2 (CCUS)

Portuguese cement companies have been participating, since 2009, in a European R&D consortium under the umbrella of the European Cement Research Academy (ECRA), with the aim of developing and validating innovative technologies for CO2 capture and storage (CCS).

C5Lab aims at evaluating two innovative technologies (CCU/S), from a technical and economic point of view, boosting their development and industrial application in the medium and long term.

Projects starting now will focus on the development of pilot plants to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of these technologies and the validation of this concept in an industrial environment.

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Area 2

Area 2 – Energy transition and efficiency

Energy transition and efficiency Cement manufacturing is highly energy- and GHG emissions-intensive, due to, both, the extreme heat required to produce it and the chemical transformations in the manufacturing process.

The combination of waste heat recovery technologies for electricity generation with concentrated solar and concentrated photovoltaic technologies are addressed for its potential to simultaneous increase energy efficiency and for low carbon transition.

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Area 3

Area 3 – Sustainable Cementitious Materials and innovation in manufacturing

Energy transition and efficiency Cement manufacturing is highly energy- and GHG emissions-intensive, due to, both, the extreme heat required to produce it and the chemical transformations in the manufacturing process.

The combination of waste heat recovery technologies for electricity generation with concentrated solar and concentrated photovoltaic technologies are addressed for its potential to simultaneous increase energy efficiency and for low carbon transition.

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