CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. is implementing the first hydrogen technology project of its kind at its San Pedro De Macoris cement plant in the Dominican Republic.
The company is pioneering hydrogen technology in the building materials industry as part of its Future in Action program designed to achieve carbon neutrality. The program seeks to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
Hydrogen is a key technology for the company’s Future in Action program as an accelerator for its efforts to transform waste into energy and as a potential carbon-free fuel source.
CEMEX’s current leveraging of hydrogen technology includes its injection into kilns to optimize the combustion process and increase the use of alternative fuels.
In the first half of 2022, CEMEX increased its use of alternative fuels by 5 percentage points, reaching an all-time-high 33% substitution rate.
CEMEX is a pioneer in adopting hydrogen technology in the building materials industry, with successful projects running since 2019. As of 2021, the company used hydrogen in all its European plants and expects to continue scaling its use in other operations worldwide.
The company is also working with several partners to discover and pilot breakthrough technologies for hydrogen to be used as a zero-carbon primary fuel source in cement production.
Among its major innovation projects is a partnership with Hiiroc, a leader in technology for low-cost, zero-emission hydrogen generation. The company also created the first renewable hydrogen industrial plant in Spain in collaboration with Acciona and Enagas.