1) DOE Report Identifies Pathways for Decarbonizing Critical Components of American Industry (news release)
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released its “Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap”—a comprehensive report identifying four key pathways to reduce industrial emissions in American manufacturing. The roadmap emphasizes the urgency of dramatically cutting carbon emissions and pollution from the industrial sector, and presents a staged research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) agenda for industry and government. DOE also announced a $104 million funding opportunity to advance industrial decarbonization technologies. . . .
The industrial sector is among the most difficult to decarbonize. In 2021, the industrial sector accounted for one third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions—more than the annual emissions of 631 million gasoline-fueled passenger vehicles. DOE’s Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap focuses on five energy-intensive sectors where industrial decarbonization efforts can have the greatest impact. The roadmap outlines a multidimensional plan with four pathways to reduce emissions across these critical sectors. These key sectors—iron and steel; cement and concrete; food and beverage; chemical manufacturing; and petroleum refining— account for over 50% of the energy-related CO2 emissions in the industrial sector. The four pathways include:
-- Energy efficiency: The most cost-effective option for near-term reductions of greenhouse gas emission includes smart manufacturing and advanced data analytics to increase energy productivity in manufacturing processes.
-- Industrial electrification: Leveraging advancements in low-carbon electricity from both grid and onsite renewable generation sources will be critical to decarbonization efforts. Examples include electrification of process heat using induction or heat pumps.
-- Low carbon fuels, feedstocks, and energy sources (LCFFES): LCFFES efforts involve substituting low-and no-carbon fuel and feedstocks, including using green hydrogen, biofuels, and bio feedstocks.
-- Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS): CCUS decarbonization efforts include permanent geologic storage as well as developing processes to use captured CO2 to manufacture new materials.
The roadmap also provides recommendations for RD&D investment opportunities and near- and long-term actions industry and the government can take to achieve deep decarbonization, including:
-- Advance early-stage RD&D: Further applied science necessary for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
-- Invest in multiple process strategies: Continue parallel pathways of electrification, efficiency, low carbon fuels, CCUS, and alternative approaches.
-- Scale through demonstrations: Support demonstration testbeds to accelerate and de-risk deployment.
-- Address process heating: Most industrial emissions come from fuel combustion for heat.
-- Integrate solutions: Focus on systems impact of carbon reduction technologies on the supply chain.
-- Conduct modeling/systems analyses: Expand the use of lifecycles and techno-economic analyses.
2) DOE Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap
Industry represents 30% of U.S. primary energy-related CO2 emissions, or 1360 million MT CO2 (2020). The Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap focuses on five of the highest CO2-emitting industries where industrial decarbonization technologies can have the greatest impact across the nation: petroleum refining, chemicals, iron and steel, cement, and food and beverage. These industries represent approximately 51% of energy-related CO2 emissions in the U.S. industrial sector and 15% of U.S. economy-wide total CO2 emissions.
Chemical manufacturing: The U.S. chemical manufacturing industry is incredibly diverse and has seen significant growth over the last decade. To help achieve net-zero goals, the chemical manufacturing sector can:
-- Develop low thermal budget process heating solutions and improve the effectiveness of thermal energy use to increase energy efficiency of whole systems
-- Expand advanced reactions, catalysts, and reactor systems to improve reaction performance in addition to reducing carbon emissions and improving energy efficiency
-- Electrify processes and use hydrogen, biomass, or waste as fuel and feedstocks for manufacturing
-- Improve materials efficiency and increase materials circularity
Petroleum refining: Most U.S. refinery CO2 emissions are from five large energy-consuming processes: hydrocracking, atmospheric distillation, catalytic cracking, steam methane reforming, and regenerative catalytic reforming. These processes represent the most cost-effective RD&D opportunities for refineries to reduce CO2 emissions. To help achieve net-zero goals, the petroleum refining sector can:
-- Improve energy efficiency both in processes and on-site steam and power generation
-- Lower the carbon footprint of energy sources and feedstocks by using lower-carbon fossil energy and introducing low-fossil carbon sources such as nuclear heat and electricity, clean electricity, clean hydrogen, or biofuels
-- Capture CO2 for either long-term storage or utilization
Iron and steel: Iron and steel manufacturing is one of the most energy-intensive industries worldwide. The use of coal as a feedstock in production methods, the chemical reduction of iron oxide, and the sheer volume of iron and steel produced has made the industry among the highest in GHG emissions. To help achieve net-zero goals, the iron and steel sector can:
-- Transition to low-and no-carbon fuels and expand industrial electrification
-- Pilot demonstrations for transformative technologies such as hydrogen-steel production, electrolysis of iron ore, and carbon capture and utilization storage (CCUS)
-- Improve materials efficiency and increase materials circularity
Food and beverage: The food and beverage industry is a critical component of the U.S. economy, and one of the largest energy consuming and GHG emitting industries in the United States. To help achieve net-zero goals, the food and beverage sector can:
-- Improve energy efficiency by advancing the electrification of process heating, evaporation, and pasteurization processes
-- Reduce food waste throughout the supply chain through methods identified in life cycle assessments and collaboration between manufacturers.
-- Pursue recycling and material efficiency through alternative packaging and package waste reduction
Cement: In the U.S. cement industry, process-related CO2 emissions from calcination account for about 58% of total CO2 emissions and energy-related CO2 emissions accounted for 42% of total emissions. Cement manufacturing requires high levels of heat, with heat from coal and petroleum coke combustion accounting for about 88% of total energy consumption within the sector. To help achieve net-zero goals, the cement sector can:
-- Evolve existing processes to reduce waste, including circular economy approaches for concrete construction
-- Improve materials and energy efficiency with deployment of breakthrough technologies and innovative chemistry solutions
-- Expand use of CCUS technologies
-- Increase use low carbon binding materials and natural supplementary cementitious materials to lower the carbon-intensity of clinker and solid materials used to create cement
The Roadmap identifies four key technological pillars to significantly reduce emissions for these five subsectors studied. With the application of alternative approaches, 100% of annual CO2 emissions could be mitigated. The crosscutting decarbonization pillars are energy efficiency; industrial electrification; low-carbon fuels, feedstocks, and energy sources (LCFFES); and carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). These pillars are applicable across all industrial subsector and have the capability to deliver near-term and future reductions as the GHG emissions intensity of the electrical grid decreases, technologies develop, and hard-to-abate sources are addressed.
Energy Efficiency: Energy efficiency is a foundational, crosscutting decarbonization strategy and is the most cost-effective option for GHG emission reductions in the near term. Decarbonization efforts include:
-- Strategic energy management approaches to optimize performance of industrial processes at the system-level
-- Systems management and optimization of thermal heat from manufacturing process heating, boiler, and combined heat and power (CHP) sources
-- Smart manufacturing and advanced data analytics to increase energy productivity in manufacturing processes
Industrial Electrification: Leveraging advancements in low-carbon electricity from both grid and onsite renewable generation sources will be critical to decarbonization efforts. Decarbonization efforts include:
-- Electrification of process heat using induction, radiative heating, or advanced heat pumps
-- Electrification of high-temperature range processes such as those found in iron, steel, and cement making
-- Replacing thermally-driven processes with electrochemical ones
Low-Carbon Fuels, Feedstocks, and Energy Sources (LCFFES): Substituting low-and no-carbon fuel and feedstocks reduces combustion associated emissions for industrial processes. Decarbonization efforts include:
-- Development of fuel-flexible processes
-- Integration of hydrogen fuels and feedstocks into industrial applications
-- The use of biofuels and bio feedstocks
Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS): CCUS refers to the multi-component strategy of capturing generated carbon dioxide (CO2) from a point source and utilizing the captured CO2 to make value added products or storing it long-term to avoid release. Decarbonization efforts include:
-- Post-combustion chemical absorption of CO2
-- Development and manufacturing optimization of advanced CO2 capture materials that improve efficiency and lower cost of capture
-- Development of processes to utilize captured CO2 to manufacture new materials
Key Recommendations from the Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap:
-- Advance early-stage RD&D: further applied science necessary for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
-- Invest in multiple process strategies: continue parallel pathways of electrification, efficiency, low carbon fuels, CCUS, and alternative approaches.
-- Scale through demonstrations: demonstrate testbeds to accelerate and de-risk deployment.
-- Address process heating: most industrial emissions from fuel combustion for heat.
-- Integrate solutions: focus on systems impact of carbon reduction technologies on the supply chain.
-- Conduct modeling/systems analyses: expand use of lifecycles and techno-economic analyses.
Roadmap homepage: https://www.energy.gov/eere/doe-industrial-decarbonization-roadmap
Fact sheet: https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2022-09/Industrial%20Decarbonization%20Roadmap%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf
Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap (241 pages): https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2022-09/Industrial%20Decarbonization%20Roadmap.pdf