KC8 and LETA announce CCS technology collaboration for Australian cement industry

The future of the net-zero transition requires a collective and collaborative global approach to carbon reduction. Here at KC8, our goal is to work with leading industry partners to make a lasting global impact on climate reduction. One key area of focus for our business, has been finding a carbon reduction solution for hard-to-abate industries, such as cement. 

Earlier today, we announced a co-investment partnership with Low Emission Technology Australia (LETA) in our groundbreaking PACER (Potassium Carbonate Absorption for Clinker Emissions Reduction) project, which is currently being developed at Cement Australia facility in Gladstone. 


LETA & KC8 Capture Technologies 

Through this partnership, LETA and KC8 will combine their resources, expertise, and technical know-how to accelerate the development of the PACER project, with the goal of deploying an efficient and scalable solution that can be adopted by the cement industry worldwide, helping to achieve substantial reductions in carbon emissions.  

Speaking about the partnership, Mark McCallum, CEO of Low Emission Technology Australia, said LETA is thrilled to be collaborating with KC8 Capture Technologies and Cement Australia on the PACER project.   

“LETA’s funding highlights our commitment to driving innovation in low-emission technologies and this joint effort will pave the way for crucial advancements in clinker production, helping to tackle one of the most significant sources of industrial CO2 emissions.   

“By combining LETA’s deep expertise in low-emission technologies with KC8’s innovative potassium carbonate absorption technology, we are confident that PACER will make a substantial contribution to reducing carbon emissions in the cement industry.  

“It is technologies like PACER that are going to help us reduce emissions here in Australia and around the world. This is good for Australian jobs, Australian workers in our regions, and for Australian businesses looking to lower their emissions now and into the future.”  


The PACER Project 

The PACER project is cutting-edge Australian technology that will demonstrate a new carbon capture solution for clinker production, a process integral to cement production but responsible for a significant portion of CO2 emissions. The global demand for cement means that the industry needs to find a solution to reduce their carbon emissions while still being able to continue production capacity.  

This technology aims to revolutionise cement production in Australia by significantly reducing the carbon emissions produced through the cement production process. Partnering with Cement Australia allows our technology to be utilised at the Cement Australia facility in Gladstone while using the region’s existing cement production infrastructure.   


The Future of the KC8 CCS Technology 

KC8 are proud to be working with leading industry bodies, such as LETA, to develop our CCS technology in Australia. Without their financial support, stepping in when the Federal Government withdrew CCUS funding, world-class technologies such as ours would have to move to other countries to be commercialised. 

When speaking about the announcement of this partnership in relation to Australian industry, KC8 Executive Director, Greg Ross said, “While we are already underway with a commercial demonstration in the USA, we are first and foremost an Australian company and want to be able to support Australia’s heavy industries to achieve our common climate reduction goals.  With LETA’s support, our aim is to demonstrate that it is possible to remove millions of tons of CO2 from flue gases economically allowing the continued using existing assets.”   

We look forward to playing a pivotal role in revolutionising Australian cement production by supporting the industry in drastically reducing their carbon emissions throughout the cement production process.