Decarbonization Solvay to Test Innovative, Sustainable Soda Ash Production Process
Solvay is planning to launch a pilot project in Dombasle, France to test an innovative, breakthrough and more sustainable soda ash production process. The project is in line with the company’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
Brussels/Belgium – Solvay has invested 40 million euros over the past years to develop proprietary technology first patented in 2014. Solvay’s researchers and engineers have invented a new method to produce soda ash, achieving three revolutionary improvements in the process: emitting 50 percent less CO2; reducing water, brine and limestone consumption; and completely eliminating limestone residues. This should allow Solvay plants to operate more efficiently and sustainably, while enhancing their competitiveness.
The achievement of a further breakthrough milestone in early 2022 created the opportunity for Solvay to accelerate the investments announced recently.
If the industrial pilot project confirms the viability of the new production process, Solvay intends to progressively implement it across its facilities in the coming 30 years, as part of Soda Ash & Derivatives business’ journey towards carbon neutrality and elimination of limestone residues.
“I am truly excited about this breakthrough process innovation and the progress it represents towards the achievement of our Solvay One Planet goals. The investment we are making today will pave the way for Solvay to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050,” said Ilham Kadri, CEO. “Through the relentless improvement of our environmental footprint and pursuit of more innovative solutions, we are reinventing the soda ash process that was developed by Ernest Solvay himself some 160 years ago.”