Indiana Cement Plant Decarbonization Project Among 33 Receiving up to $500 Mil in Federal Grants

March 25, 2024|


MITCHELL, Ind. – The Mitchell (Indiana) Cement Plant decarbonization Project, led by Heidelberg Materials US, Inc., learned March 25 that it is one of 33 recipients of the federal government’s Industrial Demonstrations Program.

Mitchell is located in southern Indiana, 90 miles south of Indianapolis and approximately 70 miles north of Louisville, Ky.

The program, administered by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, announces up to $6 billion for 33 projects across more than 20 states to decarbonize energy-intensive industries, reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions, support good-paying union jobs, revitalize industrial communities and strengthen the nation’s manufacturing competitiveness.

Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, the projects will create and maintain tens of thousands of high-quality jobs and help accelerate the commercial-scale demonstration of emerging industrial decarbonization technologies crucial to meeting U.S. climate and domestic manufacturing goals.

These 33 projects – of which Mitchell, Indiana’s cement plan is one, will focus on the highest-emitting industries where decarbonization technologies will have the greatest impact – including aluminum and other metals, cement and concrete, chemicals and refining, iron and steel and more. Together, the projects are expected to reduce the equivalent of more than 14 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions each year – an amount the DOE says is equivalent to the annual emissions of 3 million gasoline-powered cars.

Many of these projects will deploy first-in-the-nation, emissions-reducing technologies that have the potential for sector-wide adoption and transformation, multiplying the magnitude of the emissions cuts and supporting the future of U.S. manufacturing. The March 25 announcement represents the largest investment in industrial decarbonization in American history, helping to position American manufacturers and workers to lead the global clean energy economy.

The newly modernized Mitchell, Ind. plant plans to construct and operate an integrated carbon capture, transport and storage system. This project would capture at least 95 percent of the carbon dioxide from one of the largest cement plants in the nation and store it in a geologic formation beneath the plant property. Heidelberg Materials officials say their project expects to prevent two million tons of carbon dioxide per year from entering the atmosphere and will demonstrate a pathway to decarbonize existing cement plants in the U.S. This project builds on the ongoing OCED awarded front-end engineering and design study and sequestration site development; it represents one of the first carbon capture and storage projects for cement facilities in the nation.

The other 32 projects receiving grant awards under this latest program are:

Aluminum and Metals

Cement and Concrete

Chemicals and Refining

Food and Beverage


Iron and Steel

Process Heat

Pulp and Paper






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