CEMEX is introducing hydrogen technology at their cement factory in San Pedro De Macoris, Dominican Republic.
The CEO of CEMEX, Fernando A. Gonzalez, attended the project’s opening, which is part of the company’s Future in Action initiative to attain carbon neutrality by 2050.
“Through projects like this, we reiterate our commitment to leveraging innovation to meet our ambitious sustainability and CO2 reduction goals,” said Fernando A. Gonzalez, CEO of CEMEX. “Hydrogen is a key technology for our Future in Action program, as an accelerator for our efforts to transform waste into energy and as a potential carbon-free fuel source.”
Hydrogen is now injected into kilns to enhance the combustion process and increase the usage of alternative fuels as part of CEMEX’s utilization of hydrogen technology. Both are crucial levers for the company’s 2030 target of reducing CO2 emissions in the cement manufacturing process by about 40%. In the first half of 2022, CEMEX raised its use of alternative fuels by five percentage points, achieving a record-high replacement rate of 33%.
CEMEX is a pioneer in the construction materials industry’s embrace of hydrogen technology, with successful projects running since 2019. As of 2021, all of the business’s European facilities utilized hydrogen, and the company anticipates expanding its use in other activities worldwide.
CEMEX is also collaborating with a number of partners to develop and test innovative technologies for the use of hydrogen as a zero-carbon primary fuel source in cement manufacturing. A relationship with Hiiroc, a leader in technology for low-cost, zero-emission hydrogen generation, is one of its major innovation projects. In conjunction with Acciona and Enagas, the company also engaged in the development of the first renewable hydrogen industrial facility in Spain.