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Industry welcomes government investment in biofuels technology

29 June 2012, Published under Cement News

The Cement Association of Canada has applauded the  Government of Canada's announcement that it will invest almost $1million in Ontario-based Pond Biofuels towards the advancement of Canadian biofuel technology and expertise. This investment will be made under the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario's Investing in Business Innovation initiative. The contribution will help Pond Biofuels complete a pilot demonstration of a technology developed jointly with St Marys Cemen...

Cemex targets 35% alternative fuels substitution by 2015

14 June 2012, Published under Cement News

Cemex has set a target of a 35% alternative fuel substitution rate in cement production by 2015, and is on track to make it happen. Cemex recently announced that it has invested more than US$175m, adjusting its production process and installing equipment to prepare, handle and feed alternative fuels into its cement kilns. In 2011, Cemex achieved approximately a 25% alternative fuel substitution rate in its cement production, the highest rate among its global peers. The alternative fu...

Balancing volatile behaviour

28 May 2012, Published under Cement News

Following on from last month’s Technical Forum about the impacts of alternative fuels and raw materials, Dr Michael Clark examines the effect on kiln emissions, using the mass balance of the cement kiln as a starting point. Metallic mercury and mercury compounds are too volatile to pass down the preheater into the rotary section of a kiln What goes into the cement kiln must either come out in the clinker product or the emissions from the kiln, or it must be retained and built...

USA: Lafarge Bath plant applies to burn railroad ties and shingles

04 May 2012, Published under Cement News

Three years after backing off on a plan to burn tyres at its cement plant in Bath, Lafarge is applying to introduce railway ties and asphalt shingles into its kiln. The “low-carbon fuel demonstration project” would run for three years and incinerate up to 75t of construction and demolition debris each day. The application for compliance approval, written by the consulting firm Golder Associates, says that “the emissions from the Bath plant cement kiln are not expected to be significantly c...

Hima Cement’s alternative fuels initiative, Uganda

30 April 2012, Published under Cement News

Uganda-based producer Hima Cement is looking to increase its use of coffee husks as an energy source for cement production. The East African reports that the company is to spend Ush2bn ($783,570) on a project to increase production of coffee in the Rwenzori region, western Uganda, by providing seedlings. Hima Cement, part of the Lafarge Group, in turn will get coffee husks to use as an alternative energy source, thus reducing its reliance on fossil fuels such as coal, oil, natural gas or ...

Taiheiyo Cement recycles waste into profits

24 April 2012, Published under Cement News

Taiheiyo Cement Corp is boosting its bottom line in an efficient and ecological way by recycling industrial waste into materials for making cement. In the year ended March 2011, Taiheiyo used 395kg of waste for every tonne of cement it produced. The firm could lift its bottom line further by increasing the amount of waste it uses. As part of its efforts to expand its recycling operations, Taiheiyo is now expanding the Kamiiso plant's capacity to deal with waste. It is also installing equ...

Cemex nearer to alternative fuel permit, USA

09 April 2012, Published under Cement News

Cemex is a step closer to using alternative fuels at Kiln No 2 of its Brooksville South plant with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) reportedly poised to grant the company the necessary permit. Cemex has been testing some of the fuels in the kiln on a temporary permit since last year, said company spokeswoman Sara Engdahl. "Cemex is pleased with the FDEP's support of our successful alternative fuels program at Brooksville," Ms Engdahl said. "Our innovative alter...

GCC tyre burning permit nearing approval, USA

21 March 2012, Published under Cement News

A plan to burn tyres at GCC’s Rio Grande plant in Pueblo, Colorado, USA is nearing final approval. State air pollution regulators have issued a draft permit for GCC Rio Grande's proposal. The plant would use old tires piled up at the Midtown tire dump south of Fountain. According to the Pueblo Chieftain the state will hold a 30-day public comment period before issuing a final permit. GCC Rio Grande's 2631tpd greenfield plant at Pueblo, Colorado made its first clinker in January of 2008. ...

Holcim Lanka’s alternative fuels option, Sri Lanka

19 March 2012, Published under Cement News

Holcim Lanka Ltd is beginning to use agricultural waste to generate power in the cement manufacturing process. Speaking to the Daily News Business, Chairman of Holcim Lanka, Manilal Fernando, said that the company is using rice husks, straw, agricultural waste and other waste materials to generate power. "This initiative has helped the company to reduce production cost by almost 30%," he said. Mr Fernando said that they are also currently doing research to save more energy by way of usin...

RDF – stored and delivered

14 March 2012, Published under Cement News

When Cementos Molins Industrial of Spain needed a new RDF preparation, storage and transport facility, the cement producer turned to Vecoplan FuelTrack. The German firm put its 15 years of experience to good use in a design that not only allowed for current requirements, but also for future needs as described in this article by Boris Sassenrath, Vecoplan FuelTrack GmbH of Germany together with Ferran Griera and Gonzalo Lopez of Cementos Molins Industrial SA, Spain. Figure 1: bridge cr...