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The carbon dioxide emissions of energy-intensive industries are inextricably linked to their production process. Thus, it is imperative to develop techno-economically sustainable CO2 capture and usage technologies to ensure that production costs are contained in the face of upcoming significant increases in the price of CO2 emission allowances.

The industrial partners of the project, CaO Hellas, Grecian Magnesite, HERACLES group, will analyze the specifications and the requirements / adjustments of their units in order to enable the CO2 capture technology to be integrated in their plants. Solmeyea will undertake the cultivation and production of an organic macromolecule (yeast) using CO2 and ammonia, in order to investigate the possibility of providing an environmentally sustainable solution for the production of edible products. CERTH and NHRF research institutes will also contribute in order to achieve the ambitious goals of CoCCUS. They have significant experience in the implementation of research projects aimed at developing innovative technologies for emissions reduction and CO2 capture (CERTH) and the discovery and characterization of enzymes (NHRF).

The ultimate goal of the project is to reduce the carbon footprint of magnesia/CaO/cement production plants, and to kick-off the CO2 economy in Greece by exploring innovative low cost (25€/tCO2) CO2 capture and utilization technologies. The current price of CO2 emission rights has exceeded 60 €/ton CO2.

Finally, it is worth noting that the CoCCUS project has essentially established a cluster of energy-intensive industries with significant CO2 emissions, which could feed future CO2 storage facilities in Greece.

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