ABB partners with Salt X for greener calcination in cement industry

ABB partners with Salt X for greener calcination in cement industry

ABB and Sweden-based Salt X have agreed to develop Electric Arc Calcination (EAC) technology, with ABB also becoming a Salt X minority shareholder. This partnership aims to decarbonise cement production and similar industries by replacing fossil fuel-based heating with renewable energy and CO2 capture during calcination. ABB will enhance the EAC with control and electrical systems, contributing to the technology’s commercialisation.

Salt X CEO Carl-Johan Linér said “This strengthens us as a company and enables us to progress with our growth plans. With ABB and our other partners, we can significantly improve our capability to take a leading role in the electrification wave sweeping through the industrial sector.”

ABB’s Global Growth Industries Business Line Manager Michael Marti said, “Our collaboration with Salt X marks a significant milestone in this journey. The technology benefits are two-fold; replacing the use of fossil fuels through renewable electricity in the calcination process and enabling cost efficient capture of the carbon emissions at the same time. It will be a highly effective way of curbing lime production emissions.”