Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland

Holcim is a Swiss-based global building materials and aggregates company. Founded in 1912, the company expanded into France and then throughout Europe and Middle East during the 1920s. They expanded in the Americas during the 1950s and went public in 1958. The company continued to expand in Latin America and added Asian divisions during the 1970s and 1980s. A series of mergers and buyouts made Holcim one of the two largest cement manufacturers worldwide by 2014, roughly tied with rival Lafarge. In April 2014, the two companies agreed to a US$60 billion "merger of equals". The deal will face regulatory scrutiny and likely will take more than one year to complete.As of 2014, Holcim does business in more than 70 different countries and employs 71,000 people. The company is the market leader in cement production in Australia, Azerbaijan, India, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Latin America. Wikipedia.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: ENV.2010.3.1.3-1 | Award Amount: 4.92M | Year: 2011

The recycling of end-of-life concrete into new concrete is one of the most interesting options for reducing worldwide natural resources use and emissions associated with the building materials sector. The production of the cement used in concrete, for example, is responsible for at least 5% of worldwide CO2 emissions. On-site reuse of clean silica aggregate from old concrete saves natural resources and reduces transport and dust, while the re-use of the calcium-rich cement paste has the potential to cut carbon dioxide emissions in the production of new cement by a factor of two. In order to achieve this goal, a new system approach is studied in which automatic quality control assesses and maintains high standards of concrete demolition waste from the earliest stage of recycling, and novel breaker/sorting technology concentrates silica and calcium effectively into separate fractions at low cost (Figure 1.1). Finally, the smaller calcium-rich fraction, which is typically also rich in fine organic residues, is converted into new binding agents by thermal processing, and mixed with the aggregate into new mortar. Next to technological advances, certification and design guidelines are developed to use the recycle concrete in a responsible and optimal way. The project aims to develop three innovative technologies for recycling end-of-life concrete, integrate them with state-of-the-art demolition and building processes and procedures, and test the new system approach on two Dutch concrete towers involving 70,000 tons of concrete. A special feature of this large case study is a new type of government contract which links the recycling of the towers to the re-use of the recycled materials in new buildings. The results of the project will be used to determine which kinds of strategies and policies are most effective to facilitate an efficient transition towards optimal value recovery from Construction and Demolition Waste and sustainable building.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: SPIRE-04-2014 | Award Amount: 497.52K | Year: 2015

The SPIRE Roadmap calls for an industry-focused study of current sustainability assessment approaches across the process industries, with the aim of identifying and promoting a suitable toolkit. Project STYLE is an industry-led consortium representing a broad spread of process industry sectors with numerous products that cross sector boundaries through their value chains. Partner organisations (Britest, ArcelorMittal, Carmeuse, Holcim, RDC Environment, IVL, Solvay, Tata Steel, Utrecht University and Veolia) bring together a wealth of knowledge and experience in the use of tools for sustainability assessment. Active stakeholder engagement/support from public and private sector organisations, national standardisation bodies and industry associations from project inception, will ensure focus and clarity in addressing the challenges identified in the call. Project STYLE has three key objectives, to: 1. Identify best practice in sustainability evaluation, across sectors and through value chains via inventory and classification of established approaches. 2. Test and deliver a practical toolkit for sustainability evaluation of processes and products, spanning multiple sectors and easily usable by non-practitioners of LCA. 3. Determine gaps, through critical assessment and validation, and identify future research needs to improve the toolkit and ensure broad applicability across sectors. Industrial partners in the project will provide the cross-sectoral case study opportunities for testing existing partner tools and selected tools identified through the inventory and classification stages. The research and consultancy partners will ensure that the project methodology is rigorous, sufficiently wide-ranging and that recommendations are validated and consistent with the best world-wide standards. Dissemination of project outputs via and in collaboration with the stakeholder groups will promote uptake and increase the EU knowledge base for sustainability evaluation.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: EE-18-2014 | Award Amount: 3.99M | Year: 2014

The main objective of the project is to develop solutions to recover the waste heat produced in energetic intensive processes of industrial sectors such as cement, glass, steelmaking and petrochemical and transform it into useful energy. These solutions will be designed after an evaluation of the energetic situation of these four industries and will deal with the development of Waste Heat Recovery Systems (WHRS) based on the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology. This technology is able to recover and transform the thermal energy of the flue gases of EII into electric power for internal or external use. Furthermore, a WHRS will be developed and tested to recover and transform the thermal energy of the flue gases of EII into mechanical energy for internal use (compressors). In order to reach this objective several challenging innovative aspects will have to be approached by the consortium. It is planned to design and develop a multisectorial direct heat exchanger to transfer heat directly from the flue gases to the organic fluid of the ORC system and to develop new heat conductor and anticorrosive materials to be used in parts of the heat exchanger in contact with the flue gases. These aspects will be completed by the design and modelling of a new integrated monitoring and control system for the addressed sectors. The consortium consists of 8 partners from 4 European countries. They cover several relevant sectors of the energy intensive industry, namely cement, steel, glass and petrochemical sectors. The industrial involvement in the project is significant and the project addresses the implementation of a full demonstration of the WHRS for electrical energy generation in one of the industrial partners (CEMENTI ROSSI) and a semi-validation of the WHRS for air compressors energy supply system at pilot scale.


Patent
Holcim | Date: 2014-04-08

In a process for the production of cement clinker, in which raw meal is preheated in a preheater (3) using the hot exhaust gases from a clinker kiln, and the preheated raw meal, which is optionally calcined in a calciner (4), is burned to clinker in the clinker kiln (2), wherein the preheater (3) comprises at least one string of a plurality of cyclone suspension-type heat exchangers (8, 9, 10), through which the kiln exhaust gas successively flows and in which the raw meal is preheated in stages, a partial stream of the kiln exhaust gas is diverted such that only a remaining residual stream of the kiln exhaust gas is utilized for preheating the raw meal.


In a method of enhancing the dry grinding efficiency of petcoke including adding additives to the petcoke and dry grinding the petcoke together with the additives. The additives may include a combination of at least one organic additive and at least one inorganic additive.


Patent
Holcim | Date: 2013-01-03

In a device for taking samples from a material flow of fine-grained and dry material, in particular in the cement industry, comprising an upwardly open sample chamber (2) capable of being introduced into, and retracted from, the material flow through an introduction socket, the sample chamber (2) is formed in a rod-shaped body (1) translationally guided between a sampling position and a retracted position, and the sample chamber (2) has an openable bottom (7).


The device for pre-heating cement raw meal for the cement clinker production comprises at least one heat exchanger line for charging cement raw meal in countercurrent flow to the hot gases drawn through the heat exchanger line and a supporting structure (19) for the at least one heat exchanger line, wherein the heat exchanger line comprises a plurality of heat exchangers (8, 9, 10) which are interconnected and through which flow can pass consecutively. The supporting structure (19) comprises stands (20) which jointly form a triangular outline (21) and serve to transfer load into at least one foundation.


In a device for the solar-thermal gasification of carbon-containing charging material, comprising a solar reactor (1) including at least one, preferably a plurality of, light-transmissive window(s) (2) for introducing concentrated solar radiation, and a gasification chamber (9) having a preferably rectangular bottom and receiving means for the charging material (21), the receiving means are comprised of at least one, preferably elongated drawer (7,8,20,21,22,23) that is movable relative to the gasification chamber.


In a method for reprocessing wet waste materials containing organic components, in particular sludges in a cement clinker production plant, in which raw meal is preheated in a preheater (3) in countercurrent flow to the hot exhaust gases of a clinker furnace (2), and calcined in a calciner (4) fired with alternative fuels, the wet waste materials are dried in a drying unit (18) using a hot gas produced from the preheater waste heat and the dried waste materials and the drier exhaust gases are discharged from the drying unit (18), wherein the drier exhaust gases are introduced into the calciner (4).


Patent
Holcim | Date: 2013-05-08

A system for monitoring plant equipment is provided. Another aspect provides an automated analysis system wherein software instructions operably compare sensor data to predefined valves and determine mechanical problems in multiple machines. In another aspect, a cement manufacturing system includes sensors for sensing movement conditions of cement making machines. A further aspect provides a central computer connected to vibration sensors associated with cement making machines, where software instructions perform real-time comparisons and machine performance determinations, based at least in part on sensed signals.

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