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Taiwan Cement and ITRI collaborate on carbon capture technology

Taiwan Cement and ITRI collaborate on carbon capture technology

Taipei, Nov. 5 (CNA) The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan's most prestigious research-and-development organization, has signed a letter of intent of cooperation with the Taiwan Cement Corp. to commercialize its cutting-edge carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. Tung Chien-hsiang, director of the ITRI Green Energy and Environmental Research Laboratories, said in a Tuesday Economic Daily News report that the institute began research aimed at developing CCS technology in 2009. Its intention was to develop a system that slashed the massive cost of preventing large quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) from being released into the atmosphere from fossil-fueled power plants. According to Tung, ITRI researchers discovered that their CO2 capture system worked just as well when installed at a cement factory as it did at a power plant. The new technology quickly won the support of Taiwan Cement, the largest cement producer in the country, he added. Since the beginning of the second half of the year, Tung revealed, a CO2 capture equipment has been operating on a trial basis at the company's cement factory in Hualien, eastern Taiwan. Tung said the cooperative venture between the ITRI and Taiwan Cement highlighted the feasibilty of fully integrating CCS technology into the cement industry in Taiwan.
He also revealed in the newspaper report that the locally developed technology could reduce CO2 capture cost from the current international level of more than US$45 per metric ton to below US$26. (By Wei Shu and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-04-11 10:17 GMT+08:00