ECRA Academic Chair « From CO2 to Energy »

Faculty of Engineering

University of Mons


In April 2013, the University of Mons (UMONS) and the European Cement Research Academy (ECRA, a platform on which the European cement industry supports, organises and undertakes research), signed an agreement of 3 years to create a new academic chair within the UMONS Research Institute for Energy.


The main objective of the ECRA Chair is to create a centre of scientific expertise in the specific field of "carbon capture in cement production and its reuse" and promote research and innovation through the works of a post-doc, various PhD students and undergraduate students, supervised by professors of different scientific departments.


The ECRA Chair also promotes studies on CO2 capture processes applied to the cement industry and the subsequent potential use of CO2 as a new fuel.


More specifically, the research works focus on:

· post-combustion, partial oxy-fuel and total oxy-fuel CO2 capture applied in the cement industry;

· flue gas treatment in CO2 capture (de- NOx and de-SOx in particular) that can be applied by absorption, adsorption or catalytic conversion; this includes not only oxyfuel combustion but also micro-pilot studies and projects on capture technologies as post-combustion,

· the reuse of CO2 which can be achieved by various processes which convert CO2 into methanol or other compounds while benefiting from renewable electricity.


In the framework of the ECRA Chair, both experimental works and simulation studies are carried out. All the results are gathered in reports regularly sent to ECRA and in papers submitted for publication in conference proceedings and international journals.


After two periods of 3 years (2013-2016 and 2016-2019) where promising results were obtained through the different research and a tight collaboration UMONS-ECRA was reached, ECRA has decided to support the ECRA Chair for an additional three years collaboration (2019-2022).


During 2013-2019 period, HeidelbergCement also supported the ECRA Academic Chair through the funding of Post-doc or PhD-Thesis.