Multimillion-dollar project investigates potential CO2 storage at Heidelberg Materials’ cement plant in Mitchell, Indiana

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With $8.9 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Carbon Transport and Storage CarbonSAFE Program, the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS), part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI), is leading a two-year project to explore the feasibility of safely storing more than 50 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) over 30 years captured from the Heidelberg Materials cement plant in Mitchell, Indiana.

Heidelberg Material’s new Mitchell plant uses state-of-the-art technology to increase capacity, minimize energy consumption, and allow for the potential use of alternative fuels and raw materials to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This project will characterize rock strata more than a mile below the land surface to determine if the site is suitable to store more than 95 percent of CO2 emissions captured from the cement plant.

Cement production is a carbon-intensive process, so these systems could play an important role in the company’s ambitious goal of decarbonizing by 2050.

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