Scaling MCi Carbon technology
In 2021, MCi Carbon was awarded AUD $14.6 million from the Australian Federal government to accelerate the development and construction of a mineral carbonation demonstration plant.
'Myrtle' is a groundbreaking project aimed at scaling up the development and demonstration of cost-competitive solutions for efficiently decarbonising hard-to-abate industries globally.
On April 11 2023, the MCi Carbon Plant 'Myrtle' was approved by Newcastle City Council. It will be one of the world’s first mineral carbonation demonstration plants, converting thousands of tonnes of CO2 emissions annually into building products and other valuable materials for the circular economy.
Myrtle will operate rapid validation customer campaigns, empowering hard-to-abate industries, such as steel, cement, chemicals, and mining, to decarbonise their operations.
The MCi Team will test the reactivity of industrial mineral feedstocks with captured CO2 and simulated flue gas, simultaneously delivering products (such as magnesium and calcium carbonates, and amorphous silica) to materials offtake customers for testing.
Construction of Myrtle at Orica’s Kooragang Island manufacturing site began in 2023, attached to a supply of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from Orica’s operations. The scale of the plant is expected to be over 1000 tonnes of CO2, captured and stored permanently in building materials and other valuable products annually.
The process is called mineral carbonation, a carbon dioxide capture and utilisation (CCU) technology solution in which CO2 is captured and then used to produce a new product.