International Cement Review articles tagged under : Manufacturing Technology

10 April 2024

Electric kilns power revolution

With the global cement industry on the road to net zero cement production, new technologies for a decarbonised pyroprocessing line have been developed. These include electric kilns, which offer a fossil fuel-free alternative to the traditional kiln fired with carbon-rich fuels. Coolbrook explains the benefits of this new technology. By Dr Thomas Ouni, Coolbrook, Finland  Coolbr...

10 April 2024 Arthur Harrisson

Accelerated carbonation of concrete to sequester CO2

This month Arthur Harrisson looks at the phenomenon of accelerated carbonation, its effects in concrete and carbonation methods. Figure 1: hydrated concrete – optical microscopy (©  A Harrisson) In a rec...

25 March 2024

Higher AF rates through new satellite burner design

To achieve higher thermal substitution rates (TSRs) cement producers rely on advances in kiln burner technology and suitable strategies to overcome any issues in the burning process. The use of innovative satellite b...

27 February 2024

Cement additives supporting carbon neutrality

Cement producers are reducing the clinker content in cement as one way of achieving their goals of carbon-neutral cement production. The use of chemical additives to the cement can support these efforts. By Paolo For...

Compressed air as a resource 27 February 2024

Compressed air as a resource

Compressed air is a valuable resource in any industrial plant. It is critical for the proper operation of the plants and in some cases can be linked to either the success or failure of specific equipment in the plant...

14 February 2024

ML/AI-based maintenance to enhance energy efficiency

Recently, CemAI representatives were invited to present to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® division on the topic of machine learning/artificial intelligence’s (ML/AI) use in inc...

Unlocking cement plant potential with digital twins 30 January 2024

Unlocking cement plant potential with digital twins

Cement manufacturers operate in an increasingly complex environment, facing pressure to maximise production while minimising costs and environmental impact. However, leveraging data to optimise operations can be hind...

30 January 2024

Net zero shipping strategies

As the maritime sector looks to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, fostering collaboration between cement producers and cement carrier operators can be of benefit to both industries. Decarbonisation options for bot...

23 January 2024

Grinding for green goals

As a key decarbonisation path, the research and application of low-carbon cement grinding technology and equipment can help reduce power consumption and improve clinker quality. Research by Sinoma International Engin...

19 December 2023 Arthur Harrisson

Maintaining quality with emission limits

The trend towards more sustainable cement production and decarbonisation has resulted in increased emissions control. While this has led to challenges in terms of maintaining quality, solutions are continually being ...

12 December 2023

Cost savings on the road to net-zero

The road to net-zero is long and cost intensive, particularly on the process side of the building materials industry. However, a quick win on this journey is often neglected: logistics and transport. In this article ...

11 December 2023

3D printing concrete: motivations, status and outlook

While automating concrete construction is not a novel idea, its more recent adoption has been driven by a need for productivity and sustainability. But what is its future? By Timothy Wangler, ETH Zürich Institute for...

28 November 2023

SNCR: when the equation no longer holds

There are plants where selective non-catalytic reduction (SNCR) does not achieve the expected DeNO X results for no apparent reason. Often a look at the chemical processes in the background provides a clue as to why...

27 November 2023

CO2NTESSA’s net-zero vision

The CO 2 NTESSA project will implement an innovative carbon capture (CC) technology at NEXE’s cement plant in Našice, Croatia. The existing plant will be modified based on the polysius® pure oxyfuel process, enabling...

15 November 2023

Business models for utilisation of non-recyclable plastics in the Indian cement industry

Co-processing of plastic and other municipal solid wastes provides a safe and cost-effective way of dealing with waste in India and supports the country’s drive to adopt a circular economy approach.  By Dr Gaurav Bha...

13 November 2023

Carbon capture optimisation: add heat, reduce risk

While a range of carbon capture (CC) technologies are available to the cement industry, not all are a suitable option in terms of cost and risk. Ramboll looks at the benefits of an integrated amine-based solution. By...