ELECTRA Project Pioneers Sustainable Future with Electrified Cement, Lime, and Pulp Industries

Date of publication 05.03.24

Press release - Jyväskylä, January 2024

In the quest for a greener tomorrow, the ELECTRA project emerges as a beacon of innovation and sustainability, proudly financed by the European Union's Horizon Europe research and innovation program under grant agreement No.101138392. By harnessing the power of electricity, ELECTRA pioneers a groundbreaking approach to revolutionize the cement, lime, and pulp industries. This transformative technology promises to reshape the landscape of industrial production, offering emission-free alternatives that propel us towards a more sustainable future.

The journey of ELECTRA began with a momentous kick-off meeting held at VTT's premises in Finland on January 30th and 31st, 2024. Amidst the backdrop of excitement and anticipation, Mr. Toni Pikkarainen, Coordinator of the ELECTRA project, eloquently stated, "Replacing combustion processes with electricity-based solutions and significantly increasing emission-free electricity production is a crucial step in mitigating climate change."

ELECTRA's visionary approach focuses on developing and validating real-life, electrically heated production processes on a multi-megawatt scale, capable of reaching temperatures up to 2000°C. Through the ingenious use of low-emission electricity to replace combustion in decomposing calcium carbonate, and by capturing resulting carbon dioxide emissions, ELECTRA holds the key to virtually eliminating carbon emissions from these crucial sectors, marking a monumental shift in industrial practices.

The impact of ELECTRA is nothing short of remarkable. Successful implementation of the ELECTRA concept will eliminate fuel-related CO2 emissions, and in addition, unavoidable calcination-related CO2 is captured efficiently and at low costs, resulting in over 90% total CO2 reduction and even enabling negative CO2 emissions across the targeted industries. Not only does ELECTRA pave the way for significant environmental benefits, but its platform-based solutions also offer modularity and scalability. This means that both new electric installations and the revitalization of existing ones can be seamlessly integrated, ushering in a new era of sustainability

Moreover, the implementation of ELECTRA technologies has the potential to accelerate electrification efforts by up to 5 years, demonstrating the project's commitment to driving progress swiftly and efficiently. As we stand on the cusp of a pivotal transition towards cleaner, more sustainable industrial practices, ELECTRA stands as a testament to the power of innovation in combatting climate change.

In essence, ELECTRA is not just a project—it's a bold declaration of our collective commitment to a better, greener future for generations to come. With the potential to reduce annual European fossil fuel use by millions of tonnes and significantly lower CO2 emissions from targeted industries, ELECTRA sets the stage for a more sustainable industrial revolution.


Funded by the EU Union