Case Study


Sector: Cement Area of Expertise: Waste Heat to Power


Breaking new ground in China's industrial energy efficiency

Located in the Tai'an, Shandong Province, China, this is the world's first cement sector project to achieve CDM registration, and the first industrial waste heat to power project undertaken in China. The project captures waste heat from the cement making process and utilises it to produce power in a 13.2 MW power plant.

The Taishan facility has expanded its production capacity aggressively in the past five years with its power demand increasing in tandem. The business-as-usual solution to satisfy the facility's growing power needs would be to construct an on site coal fired power plant fuelled by low grade, waste coal from a nearby coal mine.

We are delighted that our Taishan cement Waste Heat Recovery and Utilisation for Power Generation Project has been registered within EB and successfully received delivered CERs. As one of the earliest registered cement projects in China, we worked closely with Camco Clean Energy, got over all the project delivery difficulties, and finally proved social, economic and environmental benefits can be gained with carbon finance.
Qu Zhongfu Director Xinwen Coal Mining Group

This project, however, utilises the waste heat that is currently vented into the atmosphere to produce 89,500 MWh of electricity per annum, delivering greenhouse gas emission reductions equal to 107,116 tCO2e per annum. Also, by harnessing the waste heat, the temperature of the vented air is reduced, resulting in significant reductions in water usage.

In addition to achieving a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the project also significantly reduces harmful emissions of SOx, NOx and harmful particulates improving the local environment.

China's cement sector is 33% less energy efficient than the global average, so importantly this project will improve the energy efficiency of the cement works per unit of output.

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