Heidelberg Materials North America has been selected for award negotiation to receive around $5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED), Carbon Capture Demonstration Projects Program.
The company says the funding will support the integration of carbon capture, transport, and storage at its new cement plant in Mitchell, Indiana.
The funding will contribute to the ongoing front-end engineering and design work and verify the project’s technical feasibility. The project aims to evaluate the feasibility of capturing and treating around 2 million tons of CO2 annually.
The application was submitted last year before the company’s rebranding from Lehigh Hanson to Heidelberg Materials earlier this year.
The funding is part of a DOE initiative, which provided approximately $189 million in funding to support the development of community-informed integrated carbon capture projects across the U.S. Heidelberg will also provide $5 million in funding, bringing the project total to $10 million.
The new cement plant in Mitchell produced its first clinker in the second quarter of 2023. The plant aims to triple its capacity while minimizing energy consumption, using alternative fuels and raw materials to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“We are pleased for this additional federal funding to help move our Mitchell carbon capture project forward,” said Chris Ward, President and CEO of Heidelberg Materials North America. “Heidelberg Materials recognizes the significant role that CCUS will play in achieving its goal of net zero carbon, and we are very excited to take the next steps in exploring this technology at our new cement plant in Mitchell.”
Heidelberg Materials North America is a supplier of cement, aggregates, ready mixed concrete and asphalt with more than 450 locations and approximately 9,000 employees.