Summit Materials, Inc., a vertically integrated construction materials solutions provider, in partnership with its subsidiary Continental Cement Company, L.L.C., entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PCC Hydrogen, Inc. (PCCH2), a producer of negative carbon intensity hydrogen. The MoU establishes a formal strategic alliance between Summit and PCCH2 to develop a fuel replacement strategy to lower carbon emissions from its cement manufacturing process.
The project aims to deploy negative carbon intensity hydrogen derived from ethanol as a replacement fuel for the existing hydrocarbon fuels used as a source of heat in the cement manufacturing process.
Continental Cement will provide its expertise related to the use of alternative fuels in the cement production process, while PCCH2 will develop a plan for the construction of one of its hydrogen production facilities to support the hydrogen needs resulting from the collaboration. It is the first MoU of its kind signed by Continental Cement and represents another positive step toward its efforts related to decarbonizing cement production.
Using ethanol as a feed source and by capturing the pure CO2 byproduct of the hydrogen manufacturing process, PCCH2 can deliver high purity, negative carbon green hydrogen to fuel Continental Cement's manufacturing process resulting in optimal efficiency and thermal stability. Green hydrogen is one of the most attractive means to mitigate CO2 in industrial applications and ultimately to get closer to net zero CO2 emissions.
Working closely with Green America Recycling, Continental Cement is championing several sustainability initiatives, adopting new technologies and cutting-edge approaches to address climate change, while delivering social, environmental and economic benefits.