Projects financed or co-financing by National Programs

Incentive System: “Decarbonisation of Industry”

Funding Program: Portuguese/EU Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF)

Period: April 2023 – March 2024

CIMPOR- Industria de Cimentos, S.A. will install two Self-Consumption Production Units (UPAC) at the Maia Commercial Depot is underway. The installation will generate approximately 1 300 MWh per year, avoiding the emission of 450 tonnes of CO2. The aim is to autonomously produce around 40% of our energy needs, further reducing indirect CO2 emissions.

With a total investment of 192k €, the project is funded by the EU through the Next Generation EU and the Portuguese/EU Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF).

Announcement for the Call (AAC) 03/C11-i01/2022.

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 Modular Construction Systems

Funding Program: Portuguese/EU Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF)
Period: 2022-2025
Website: To be developed yet.

A new cluster will be created in Portugal for the global supply of the modular construction sector, in response to the growing needs of the market in terms of housing, university residences, hotels and health infrastructure and counts on CIMPOR to innovate in the field of materials for manufacturing pre-cast elements. Boosting the productivity and competitiveness of this sector is the main objective of the innovation agenda “R2UTechnologies / Modular Systems, one of the 23 innovation agendas, supported by the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF)/ Business Innovation Mobilizing Agendas, which count with CIMPOR's contribution.

This project gathers circa 30 companies and 20 R&D&I partners, who came together to develop new technologies for more efficient, faster and “intelligent” production, and to create differentiating products with high value-added. The project main objective is the industrialization of construction through a deep change in the productive profile of the construction sector, promoting its evolution from a labour-intensive production paradigm to another knowledge-intensive one in which modular construction and pre-built manufacturing in different types of materials and their respective combinations will play a fundamental role in increasing the productivity of this sector.

CIMPOR’s team of specialists will contribute with skills in terms of lower carbon footprint materials, new cements and concretes types, together with a sub-group of partners, Vigobloco, IST/Technical University of Lisbon and LNEC State Lab, to develop concrete-based constructive solutions for higher performance that will be launched and used during the project.

The overall project’s goal is to launch 18 new products, processes or services (PPS) with a tradable and internationalization profile by the end of it.

With a total investment of €177 million, the project is funded by the EU through the Next Generation EU and the RRF, under the Operational Programme Capitalisation and Business Innovation. 

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Projects financed or co-Financing by European Programs

Strategy CCUS:
 Carbon Capture, Use & Storage (CCUS) | Strategic planning of Regions and Territories in Europe for low-carbon energy and industry through CCUS.

Funding Program: Horizon 2020/UE
Grant No.: 837754
Period: 2019-2022 (Closed)

Goal: The STRATEGY CCUS project aims to elaborate strategic plans for CCUS development in Southern and Eastern Europe at short term (up to 3 years), medium term (3-10 years) and long term (more than 10 years). Specific objectives are to develop: i) Local CCUS development plans, with local business models, within promising start‐up regions; and ii) Connection plans with transport corridors between local CCUS clusters, and with the North Sea infrastructure, in order to improve performance and reduce costs, thus contributing to build a Europe-wide CCUS infrastructure.

The project consider 8 promising regions, within 7 countries (ES, FR, GR, HR, PO, PT, RO) representing 45% of the European CO2 emissions from the industry and energy sectors. These regions satisfy CCUS relevant criteria: presence of an industrial cluster, possibilities for CO2 storage and/or utilization, potential for coupling with hydrogen production and use, existing studies, and political will.

EMB3Rs: User-driven Energy-Matching & Business Prospection Tool for Industrial Excess Heat/Cold Reduction, Recovery and Redistribution

Funding Program: Horizon 2020/UE
Grant No.: 847121
Period: 2019-2023 (Closed)

Goal: The EMB3Rs project aims to implement a bottom-up, user-driven and open source modelling platform to simulate alternative supply-demand scenarios for the recovery and reuse of industrial excess heat and cold (HC). EMB3Rs’ final users will employ the platform to determine the costs and benefits related with excess HC utilization routes, and to define the required implementation conditions for the most promising solutions. The platform will allow industrial users and other relevant stakeholders to autonomously and intuitively explore and assess the feasibility of new technology and business scenarios. 

LEILAC-2: Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement 2: Demonstration Scale

Funding Program: Horizon 2020/UE
Grant No.:884170
Period: 2021-2025

Goal: The LEILAC2 project aims to pilot a breakthrough technology that aims to enable Europe’s cement and lime industries to capture their unavoidable process carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for minimal energy penalty (just compression).Building on the success of the previously H2020 LEILAC1 project, with the capacity to capture of around 5% of a typical cement plant’s process CO2 emissions, the LEILAC2 project seeks to scale -up to around 20% of a typical cement plant’s process CO2 emissions in a deployable and scalable module; demonstrate the use of multiple fuel sources (particularly electricity with rapid ramping to enable renewable load-balancing); and show how it can be incrementally or fully retrofitted to all cement plants. This will be achieved by building a demonstration plant alongside an operational cement plant in Europe: allowing 100ktpa of pure CO2 to be captured. 

 Innovative Digital Sustainable Aggregates Systems

Funding Program: Horizonte 2020/UE
Grant No.:101003750
Period: 2021-2025

Goal: The aim of DIGIECOQUARRY project is to develop systems, technologies, and processes to boost the digitalisation and automation of mining operations to make them safer, more sustainable, and competitive. Specifically, artificial intelligence (AI) approaches will be paired with cyber-physical systems and the Internet of things (IoT). The next step will be to pilot these systems in five EU quarries to improve workers’ health and safety. The overall aim is to sustainably increase the supply of minerals for the construction sector.

 Circular Ecological Essential & Critical Raw Materials

Funding Program: Horizon/UE
Grant No.: 101058651
Period: 2022-2026

Goal: ROTATE's objective is to tap the full potential of minerals extraction and processing in a sustainable and ecological way, developing the needed technologies and tools for achieving zero emissions and pollution during essential and critical raw materials obtention and ensuring a circular approach by implementing mechanisms for waste valorisation in the context of industrial symbiosis, especially reusing waste as aggregates for the construction sector and also recovering secondary products. The solutions proposed in the project will allow to improve the cut-off grade while reducing the environmental footprint of the whole extraction process. The pilot demonstrations in mineral deposits with different paragenetic profiles will ensure the replication of the technologies to a wide variety of mining sites.