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HeidelbergCement and RWTH Aachen investigate in binding CO2 in minerals

Date:2017/06/30 14:01:28
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds the project, named #CO2MIN, with three million euros.

During the three-year research project CO2MIN, #HeidelbergCement and Aachen University of Applied Sciences #RWTHAachen will explore the absorption of CO2 from flue gas by the minerals olivine and basalt. In the future, the carbonised minerals could be used as a value-added additive in the production of #buildingmaterials . @HeidelbergCement and RWTH are supported by the Potsdam Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and the Dutch start-up Green Minerals. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the project, which began on 1 June 2017, with a sum of three million euros.

The natural minerals olivine and basalt are able to bind CO2 over their entire life-cycle. With natural absorption, it takes decades until the minerals are saturated with the greenhouse gas. The research project intends to speed up the absorption process. If successful, carbonised minerals can be used for various product applications.