The H2 site for manufacturing clinker-free cement is located next to the existing H1 production site in Bournezeau (Vendée, western France). The new facility will have a production capacity of 250,000 tonnes a year.
The concept and design of H2 were defined using feedback on the H1 site. With its 70-metre-high mixing tower, H2 is a vertical plant in which cement production will follow a gravity-driven process enabling the unit’s production to be optimised.
Hoffmann says that the site’s verticality also enables it to occupy a land take of just 1.5 hectares. H2’s limited land take will therefore be half that of H1 but its production capacity will be 5 times greater. The company adds that H2 will be the model unit used for development, in France and abroad, in the shape of licensing agreements. The second site’s budget is an estimated €22m, and it is scheduled to become operational in the second half of 2022.
Julien Blanchard and David Hoffmann, co-founders of Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies, commented: “This second plant is a key milestone in our development plan in order to increase our production capacity.
“H2 will thus enable us to address the growing demand for our clinker-free low-carbon cement, as we have recently signed a number of partnerships with key construction players such as GCC, KP1, Capremib, Cemex and Eiffage Génie Civil."
Olivier Lefelle, head of new construction at Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies, added: “The choice of a vertical model for the mixing tower is an innovative concept in the construction sector and is perfectly in line with Hoffmann Green’s responsible vision. Furthermore, by using Hoffmann cement for its construction, this building site will enable CO2 emissions to be reduced by around 20,000 metric tons."