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Sreejith Sreedharan Sreejith Sreedharan Written by Sreejith Sreedharan, Director- Digital Services & Solutions
on 27 Nov 2023

Carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) represent a pressing and urgent concern in the context of climate change.  The continued release of this greenhouse gas into the atmosphere is a primary driver of global warming, resulting in increasing temperatures, sea-level rise, extreme weather events, and other far-reaching environmental consequences that demand immediate attention and mitigation efforts. In this quest for a sustainable future, innovative partnerships are emerging as the driving force behind transformative change. 
The partnership between SMA Mineral and SaltX Technology is a great example, by giving birth to ZEQL (Zero Emission Quicklime), an electrified factory concept prepared to revolutionize lime production while significantly reducing its carbon footprint. 

The heart of ZEQL's innovation lies in the Electric Arc Calciner (EAC) technology. This revolutionary kiln employs a unique cyclone shape to optimize the limestone heating process. Traditionally, lime production involved kilns heated by coal and oil, resulting in substantial carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and environmental harm. Recognizing the need for a sustainable alternative, SMA Mineral and SaltX Technology embarked on a journey to transform this age-old process.
The real game-changer is the plasma burner, capable of precise and concentrated temperature control. The result is: clean energy powers the process, clean quicklime emerges, and zero CO2 emissions are produced. In essence, ZEQL's EAC technology has the potential to eliminate all emissions from quicklime production, leading in a new era of sustainability.

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Cyient collaboration 

Cyient, as a key partner in the ZEQL project, takes a crucial role assuring its success by providing a diverse range of expertise across several project disciplines. This includes mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, instrumentation, automation, and civil engineering. The involvement of Cyient's experts from Sweden, Finland, and India are instrumental in translating ZEQL's visionary concept into reality.

As the ZEQL project advances, Cyient is ready to expand its involvement further. This expansion proves Cyient steady commitment to advancing carbon-neutral industrial processes and underscores its strategic intent of aligning with visionaries who are making a significant impact across diverse industries, like SMA Mineral and SaltX.

Carl-Johan Linér, the CEO of SaltX, highlights the value of the collaboration with Cyient. Likewise, Svante Fielding, the CEO of SMA Mineral, expresses his enthusiasm about the positive market response and enthusiastically anticipates ZEQL project “Will set a new standard for climate-neutral lime production, and hopefully will inspire other industry players to follow and start minimizing their environmental impact”.
The first factory is expected to be operational by 2025 in the northern Norwegian town of Mo i Rana and marks a significant step towards a sustainable future. It's not just about reducing emissions; it's about creating a safer and cleaner environment within our factories.

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ZEQL stands as a proof of the power of partnership and forward-thinking technology. 

This electrified factory concept has the potential to revolutionize lime production and significantly reduce its carbon footprint, aligning perfectly with Cyient vision of designing a sustainable tomorrow together. 

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