LeadIT is pleased to announce that SaltX has joined the Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) to demonstrate its ambitions to be at the forefront of the industry transition. SaltX Technology has developed an innovative technology for electrification and carbon separation which can be used for zero-emission production of quicklime and cement.
16 November, Hofors, Sweden
The announcement of SaltX joining LeadIT was made at the inauguration of SaltX test- and research facility, the Electric Calciner Research Center (ECRC), in Hofors, Sweden. The company was welcomed as a LeadIT member by Daniel Westlén, State Secretary for Climate, Minister Romina Pourmokhtari, and India’s ambassador in Sweden, Mr. Tanmaya Lal.
“Our complements to SaltX for their decision to join the LeadIT family and for their commitment to help global industrial decarbonisation efforts. It is good to see that SaltX is also working with a leading Indian Cement manufacturer Dalmia Cement Bharat who are a founding and active member of LeadIT, and are investing significantly in growth and ambitious Net Zero targets”, said Mr. Tanmaya Lal, Ambassador of India to Sweden.
“By cooperation along value chains from local to global level, and collaboration between companies, municipalities, and countries, we can achieve sustainable growth and reduced climate emissions together. In Sweden, and abroad”, said Daniel Westlén, State Secretary at the Ministry of Climate and Enterprise.
Per Andersson, Head of the LeadIT Secretariat, expressed enthusiasm at having SaltX on board said: “We at LeadIT, and the Secretariat, warmly welcome SaltX to our group and look forward to collaborating to achieve net-zero targets for the cement industry. Bringing entrepreneurship and a drive for innovation – SaltX is an ideal member as we are exploring the frontiers of the green industry transition at home and globally.”
Read our interview with SaltX CEO, Carl-Johan Linér below, giving his take on what the LeadIT membership means and what challenges and opportunities they see for the lime and cement industry.
Why did Salt-X express interest in joining LeadIT?
LeadIT stands out as a unique platform, firmly rooted in both governmental and business leadership circles of some of the world’s largest and most influential companies. This dual anchor is particularly appealing to us as we seek to expand our network and position ourselves as a vital technological enabler in achieving the organization’s carbon reduction objectives.
I perceive LeadIT, with its remarkable ongoing and planned initiatives, as a key player in the global industrial transition. Acknowledgment by this prestigious group holds great significance for us, and we eagerly anticipate contributing technically and strategically.
What value can Salt-X bring to LeadIT?
We aspire to serve as exemplars of how innovative technology companies can effectively collaborate with established corporations to drive positive change. Additionally, we aim to contribute to strengthening Sweden’s position as a leader in green technology. Collaborating with LeadIT, we also see a huge opportunity to spread the knowledge about our electrification and carbon dioxide separation technology as an alternative to the established CCS technology.
What opportunities do you identify in Green Tech? Please elaborate on your plans to reduce industries' reliance on fossil fuels.
Recognizing the importance of phasing out fossil fuels and transitioning to renewable energy sources, our technology is uniquely positioned to achieve this goal. Specifically targeting one of the largest industrial emitters, the lime and cement industry, we aim to establish a new clean standard for the sector. Notably, our process does not require the capture of CO2 from the atmosphere as we don’t release any; instead, we separate and isolate the gas during the heating process. This approach eliminates the need for additional facilities to capture released CO2.
Our technology is ready for industrialization, and we are set to commence building the world’s first electrified lime plant in collaboration with our partner SMA Mineral, in Northern Norway. Simultaneously, ongoing collaborations with the Indian cement producer Dalmia are in progress, signaling the beginning of a global demand for our solution from various industries.
Tell us more about your collaboration with the Indian Cement manufacturer Dalmia who are a founding member of LeadIT
Certainly, collaboration in various forms is pivotal to accelerating the implementation of promising climate technologies. Our electrification and carbon dioxide separation technology are adaptable for constructing entirely new all-electric plants as well as retrofitting existing facilities. Our collaboration with Dalmia is focused on establishing a pilot plant in 2024, where we will integrate an Electric Arc Calciner (EAC) into one of their existing plants. The pre-study phase involves close collaboration between our specialists and Dalmia’s technical experts to determine the optimal integration of our technology with their existing infrastructure.
“We at LeadIT, and the Secretariat, warmly welcome SaltX to our group and look forward to collaborating to achieve net-zero targets for the cement industry.”
Head of the LeadIT Secretariat
The Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) gathers countries and companies committed to reaching net-zero carbon emissions from heavy industry by 2050. With SaltX joining, the group now includes 18 countries and 20 company members.
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