Solar an option to power cement works

Cemex Latam says its research into solar energy use in the cement industry shows its Go Process, a concentrated solar thermal technology, is viable.

Several energy substitution scenarios were investigated considering different energy losses and amounts of energy to be replaced. As the availability of solar energy did not prove a constraint, it is possible, from a technical viewpoint, to replace up to 100 per cent of the energy requirement says Ricardo S Gonzalez, Cemex Latam, Colombia.

The use of concentrated solar thermal energy in the calcination process to achieve the continuous operation of the cement plant using a hybrid process is possible he says.


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