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Geocycle Canada co-processes waste materials for cement production using a kiln that heats to 1500°C. Images courtesy of
Geocycle Canada Inc.
" This is another thing that is quite interesting ... You co-process
something in the kiln; any ash that's generated from the
combustion of the waste, whether it's an alternative raw material
we use or low carbon fuel, becomes part of the cement
product, " Punja explains. " That's why people love it: There is
no ash to landfill as it becomes part of the clinker product. "
Such a method is by no means new, with the company processing
alternative fuels and raw materials since the 1970s.
What is novel, though, is the constant innovation and exploration
around new materials, some of which come from surprising
sources.
" We're always looking at new waste byproducts, " Punja says.
" For instance, we're co-processing dried biosolids in Western
Canada. We've been co-processing the biosolids produced
by the city of Victoria, at our Richmond cement plant. "
Teaming up with municipalities like Victoria has proven beneficial
for both parties, providing one with valuable materials
while helping the other reach its environmental targets.
" Being able to work with a municipality, they're calling us up
because they know we have a beneficial reuse, we can help
them reduce their GHG emissions from putting this in a landfill, "
Rustam explains.
With all the exploration into new and exciting materials to coprocess,
Geocycle Canada has grown exponentially over the
last few years.
" This is a growing business; it's one of the fastest growing
businesses that we have. Because of the need to decarbonize,
we have to put money and resources into it, " says Geocycle
Exshaw's Commercial Manager Mark Coburn.
That expansion is happening all across Canada, including at
Geocycle's Exshaw plant in Alberta, which is the company's
biggest plant in the country. It's also the most modern of Canada's
cement plants. At Exshaw, the company will be commissioning
a new alternative low carbon fuel system by the
year's end. The system will mean almost half of the fuel consumed
will be low carbon, slicing emissions considerably.
" We're going to be co-processing about 100,000 plus tonnes
per year of carbon fuels at our Exshaw plant.
aim to replace at least 50 per cent of our total fossil fuel with
alternative low carbon fuels in our new kiln line, " Punja says.
This ambitious project, reflected in other innovations across
Canada, is opening the door at the ground level for those interested
in jumping into the rising market of decarbonization.
" Now there's huge investments in Lafarge, worldwide, North
America, everywhere, about decarbonizing. It is so important;
it's one of the most important KPIs, " Punja explains. " If
you're a young person, being involved in this type of industry,
there's a lot of growth opportunities. "
In doing so, we
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