Integrate alternate energy sources in cement production:Govt

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New Delhi, Nov 30 (UNI) The government today asked cement industry to integrate alternate and non-conventional sources of energy in its production system in the wake of thurst on conservation of fossil fuel resources.

Joint Secretary in the department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, N N Prasad said it was good the cement industry has already made a beginning by deriving engery from waste. He said, the government was giving special emphasis to generation of grid quality power from non-conventional and renewable energy sources, like hydropower, wind power, solar energy.

He said this in his valedictory address at 10th NCB International Seminar on Cement and Building Materials, organised by the National Council for Cement and Building Materials.

Prasad distributed National Awards for Energy Efficiency, Environmental Excellence and Quality Excellence in Indian Cement Industry for the years 2005-06 and 2006-07 on the occasion.

NCB director general M Vasudeva said quality of cement and building materials produced in India was of international standard and benchmark and, therefore, could compete in international markets.

More than 100 technical papers on issues related to all areas of cement manufacture and utilisation, use of alternate fuels and wastes, blended and special cements, performance and durability as well as emerging trends in building materials and construction were presented during the four days of the seminar.

In a special publication brought out on the occasion, experts focussed on achieving higher energy efficiency, environmental standards and productivity in cement manufacture, efficient transport of cement, design of energy efficient and disaster resistant buildings and structures and quality construction through advanced technologies as well as human resource development in the rapidly changing scenario.

Utilisation of low-grade raw materials, optimisation of mining operations using computer modeling were also discussed in the seminar. New techniques and strategies for conservation of natural resources were highlighted during discussions.

Experts laid emphasis on modernising construction methods for accelerating faster implementation and improved durability. They said performance and durability constitute backbone of any sustainable construction.


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