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Enviva expands biomass capacity to meet renewable energy demand

30 June 2023, Published under Cement News

Enviva Inc, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, has broken ground on its new Epes plant, which is under construction in Sumter County, Alabama, USA. Enviva acquired over 300 acres in the Epes Industrial Park in 2000 to build its largest wood pellet production plant. The new facility will have a production capacity of 1.1Mta and is expected to begin production by mid-2024. Pellets produced at the Epes plant will be exported, mainly to Europe and Asia, to help meet ...

SIG to plant red calliandra for biomass fuel

29 May 2023, Published under Cement News

SIG 's Corporate Secretary, Vita Mahreyni, has explained that currently his company is increasing the use of alternative fuels as environmentally-friendly new renewable energy through the planting of more than 143,000 red calliandra (Calliandra calothyrsus) trees . Red calliandra has the potential to be used as carbon-neutral biomass-based alternative energy. “Red calliandra not only has a beautiful appearance but is also rich in benefits. This plant from Guatemala is the best raw ma...

La Malle plant to use biomass to reduce sulphur emissions

30 June 2022, Published under Cement News

After investing EUR10m over the past two years to improve its environmental performance, Lafarge France ’s La Malle plant, located in Bouc Bel Air, is continuing its emissions reduction strategy by investing nearly EUR1m additional in its equipment. The objective is to welcome a new sulphur-free fuel from the circular economy as well as wood fines, and to reduce sulphur emissions by 10 per cent through the use of alternative fuels. La Malle plant ( Holcim group ) agreed on 29 April to ...

JSW Cement signs waste deal with Punjab Renewable Energy Systems

05 April 2022, Published under Cement News

JSW Cement has signed an agreement with Punjab Renewable Energy Systems (PRESPL) to use agricultural waste as a source of biomass energy in its cement manufacturing units.   JSW Cement will lessen its reliance on fossil fuels by using agri-waste as a fuel. This sustainable fuel approach improves local air quality while simultaneously providing farmers with additional income.  

Tarmac signs SRF agreement with Eco-Power Environmental

22 January 2021, Published under Cement News

Eco-Power Environmental has agreed a deal to provide solid recovered fuel (SRF) pellets to Tarmac's Tunstead cement kiln in Derbyshire, UK. Eco-Power Environmental has become the first fully-operational, commercial-scale SRF pellet production facility in the UK, following a GBP15M investment in its 125,000tpa facility in Humberside. SRF pellets are manufactured using the non-recyclable residues from dry mixed recycling (DMR) facilities and provide a highly sustainable and cost-effective a...

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.