India's Cement Industry Energy Efficiency Study Revealed

A REPORT released yesterday, ‘A Study of Energy Efficiency in the Indian Cement Industry’, is the result of a two-year study of modelling the energy efficiency of the industry in India.

The report provides analysis and insights for the successful implementation of Perform-Achieve-Trade (PAT). PAT is a major initiative within the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE), which seeks to reduce the energy intensity of large-scale energy intensive industries such as cement, iron & steel and fertilisers.

“The primary motivation of this report is to explain the current status of the cement industry, factors impacting the efficiency of different processes in cement manufacturing, energy efficiency measures which can be adopted by the industry and also highlight policy elements to the regulators,” said Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) Executive Director Dr Anshu Bharadwaj.

Dr S S Krishnan, Principal Research Scientist, who led the CSTEP project team, explained that the team visited several plants and analysed the energy consumption in various stages of the cement manufacturing process under diverse operating conditions. This analysis was used to model the energy efficiency and the economics associated with the measures to reduce the energy consumption of the sample plants. The report discusses various technical, economic and policy related challenges faced by the cement industry.

Picture of Chennai, India T. Nagar market by McKaySavage reproduced under CCL.

Thursday 15th March 2012

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