ZEPPELIN, KEOPS and LION-HD, three CETIM research projects adressing climate change mitigation
For the International Day against Climate Change, we showcase actions and measures implemented at our Technological Centre to mitigate the consequences of climate change.
Water shortages, wildfires, storms, floods… These phenomena are already a reality due to the rising land temperatures or, as widely acknowledged, climate change. On the International Day against Climate Change, we would like to explain the origins of this situation and the actions or measures that can be taken at an industrial and business level.
Climate change represents a long-term variation in temperatures and weather patterns, often accelerated by human activities. Currently, it is well-established that the transport sector, industry, construction, agriculture, and livestock are the primary contributors to carbon dioxide emissions, the leading cause of climate change. What actions can we take in our company or organisation to address and rectify this situation?
Actions against Climate Change
The use of renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, and marine energy, presents an ideal solution to avoid burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, or gas, consequently mitigating carbon dioxide emissions. In recent years, green hydrogen has emerged as a crucial element in addressing challenges related to climate change and the high cost of energy. Obtained without generating polluting emissions, it aspires to become the key energy vector for achieving global decarbonization.
At CETIM, we recognize this situation and have wide expertise in developing renewable energy alternatives. We coordinate projects like ZEPPELIN, focused on advancing technologies to replace water electrolysis in the production and storage of green hydrogen thus reducing both economic and environmental energy costs.
Have you heard of the 3R rule? Reduce, reuse, and recycle is another effective way to mitigate the effects of climate change. Over 90% of our projects at CETIM are grounded in sustainability and the circular economy. An exemplary instance is the KEOPS project, where a more sustainable cement is achieved by replacing clinker with a new binding material derived from construction and demolition waste, as well as steel slag.
KEOPS successfully substitutes clinker, one of the most carbon-intensive components in construction, with materials from construction and demolition waste and electric arc slag from the steel industry. This research enhances sustainability in the sector and contributes to the circular economy, thereby addressing climate change mitigation.
Furthermore, the adoption of electric vehicles is gaining traction worldwide to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from transport, particularly in large cities. However, challenges associated with battery use, such as raw material scarcity, high costs, and battery replacement cycles, need to be addressed.
Through the LION-HD project, CETIM is researching the utilization of advanced active and inactive materials, like silicon, to significantly enhance the energy density, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability of lithium-ion batteries. This research propels the transport sector towards sustainability, decarbonization, and substantial emission reductions.
These examples showcase the ongoing research at CETIM to provide solutions to the formidable challenge of climate change. If you believe your company can contribute more, we are here to assist you in transforming your ideas into value, promoting sustainability, improving economic benefits, and contributing to the environment. Request more information about CETIM Technological Centre’s capabilities and projects.