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What is driving biomass use in the cement industry?

22 July 2019, Published under Cement News

This week Ethiopia's Minister of Trade and Industry, Fetlework Gebre-Egziabher, spoke out on how the cement sector in his country could benefit from a move from coal-based energy to biomass with government backing. While the move would face challenges, such as securing investment and land required to grow biomass crops, the benefits of lowering demand on foreign currency reserves for coal imports and reducing CO2 emissions are clearly greater for Ethiopia. The country is but one of several...

Ethiopian cement plants encouraged to turn to biomass

17 July 2019, Published under Cement News

The Ethiopian government hopes that more cement plants will consider replacing their coal imports with locally-produced biomass to reduce foreign currency spending and cut carbon emissions. Many of Ethiopia's 17 factories import coal from South Africa at a cost of US$220m annually. The  CCIIDD is working with the cement industry to replace foreign coal with local biomass. "If we can replace 40 per cent of the coal with the biomass, we can save up to US$88m per year," said Samuel Healala...

Kattameya plant burns biomass for the first time

11 April 2019, Published under Cement News

The Suez Cement Kattameya plant (HeidelbergCement Group) has used waste as alternative fuel (AF) in its main burner for the first time this week. The Kattameya plant’s team successfully burnt waste as an AF in the main kiln burner and reduced dependence on fossil fuel by around 10 per cent of the total fuel used. This is in addition to substituting 15 per cent of fuel in the calciner, resulting in a total thermal substitution rate (TSR) of 25 per cent. Therefore, waste and biomass burnt...

Cementos Alfa plans doubling biomass use

04 February 2019, Published under Cement News

Cementos Alfa, part of the Portland Valderrivas Group, has avoided the emission of 31,000t of CO 2 at its Mataporquera plant, Cantabria, in 2018 as a result of the use of 150tpd biomass as alternative fuel. Moreover, the use of the fuel, through improved energy efficiency, is enabling the company to remain competitive. In 2019 it plans to double the amount of biomass and therefore, has applied to the Spain’s General Directorate for the Environment to extend the authorisation. Output at t...

Ambuja Cement co-processes 12,500t of biomass at Rabriyawas works

22 January 2018, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim-owned Ambuja Cement has co-processed more than 12,500t of biomass from farmers at its Rabriyawas plant in 2017, a considerable increase when compared with less than 800t in 2012. The Ambuja Cement Foundation established a farmer-producer company to directly supply biomass to Geocycle India, which processed the waste into a suitable fuel for firing the Rabriyawas kiln.

Tokyo Cement inaugurates second biomass power plant

11 May 2017, Published under Cement News

Sri Lankan cement producer Tokyo Cement has officially opened its second biomass power plant at Trincomalee in the presence of country president Maithripala Sirisena, Daily News (Sri Lanka) reported. The Tokyo Eastern Biomass Plant began construction in 2015 with an investment of over LKR2.5bn (US$16.3m). The plant will contribute 70GWh per year to the national grid, generated using industrial and agricultural waste sourced through community trade. In total, the plant will produce 160,...

Alternative ambitions

16 January 2017, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim’s leadership in reducing CO 2 emissions in the cement industry is spurring the group to make additional investments and further lower such emissions going forward. Its commitment to alternative fuels and the company’s increasing use of them to replace traditional fuels is key to achieving its ambitious CO 2 targets. By LafargeHolcim, Switzerland. As part of its 2030 plan, LafargeHolcim aims to ramp up alternative fuels usage to help reduce net specific CO 2 emissi...

Biomass matters

24 October 2016, Published under Cement News

When accounting for CO 2 emissions from the manufacture of cement clinker it is important to know the biomass content of the fuels used to fire the cement kiln, as that biomass content is deemed to be ‘carbon neutral’ and therefore does not count in the CO 2 emission. The biomass content of alternative fuels is key in determining the carbon neutrality of the fuel As this month’s Technical Forum is being written, China and the USA have announced their ratification of the Paris ...

Japan: Taiheiyo Cement to set up subsidiary for biomass plant

01 August 2016, Published under Cement News

Taiheiyo Cement will spend JPY23.5bn (US$224m) to set up a biomass power plant at a cement production site in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, Japan. An electricity-wholesaling subsidiary with a capitalisation of JPY4bn will be created this August to undertake the project, reports Nikkei Asian review. The 75,000kW facility will be fed with palm kernel shells and empty fruit bunches left over from palm oil production and will begin operation in the autumn of 2019. All output will be sold to eRex,...

Japan: Taiheiyo Cement plans 75MW biomass power plant

24 June 2016, Published under Cement News

Japan's Taiheiyo Cement will construct a biomass-fired unit with 75MW in Ofuna Factory, Iwate prefecture. The new unit is understood to burn domestic and imported biomass fuel. At the site, a several power units had been operational, but some of them were damaged when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in 2011. Thus, the new unit is considered as a replacement of the old power unit. Plus, since it will be built on the premises of the factory, Iwate prefecture decided there wou...