Furno is working to re-envision the way we make cement. Unlike the large, fixed, capital-intensive plants of today, Furno is leveraging oxyfuel combustion and a novel design to develop plants that are more adaptable and energy-efficient, less capital-intensive and enable the production of zero-emission ordinary portland cement.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
In the world of cement there are two grand challenges: the need to build 12 New York Cities per year for 30 years (mostly in developing economies without enough cement supplies); and the need to bring cement emissions to zero. Furno’s cement plant of the future is a small, modular, and more energy efficient plant which would enable quick and efficient entry and exit from markets and be cost competitive on capital and operational costs. Furno’s innovation is the combination of a novel plant design, which drastically improves heat transfer and reduces size, and an oxyfuel combustion system, which enables the production of a small scale and pure stream of CO2 to be stored in a geologic formation (without the capture costs) or sold into the merchant market.
Furno diverges from the ‘bigger-is-better philosophy’ that has driven the majority of the innovation in the industrial sector over the 20th century by leveraging the low cost, nimble and adaptable strategy taken by mini-mills in the steel industry to dominate the steel market and adapt it to the cement industry by building smaller, more efficient and modular cement plants.