Waste generator savings

Waste generator savings
Published: 22 May 2008

China’s Runji Cement located in Anhui Province has announced that it broke ground on the construction of a waste heat-fueled electric generator on May 16, 2008. Currently, electricity represents 23% of the Company’s total production costs, which is expected be reduced to approximately 15% after the completion of the project by January 2009. The generator system will use waste heat produced during the production of cement to power a turbine, generating electricity. Total capital expenditures for the project will be US$10 million; it is expected to save about US$2.30 per ton of cement products or roughly US$4.6 million annually after the Company’s second production line is completed. The generator will also leave Runji less vulnerable to failures in the Chinese power grid, like an outage that lasted several days in February which forced the Company to temporarily suspend production.