AN ENERGY efficient mining machine is using mineral waste products to create a more environmentally friendly cement product.
South Australian company IMP technologies (IMPTEC) have developed something big. I learned irs a super fine crusher. One that I learned reduces comminution costs.
The company is currently trialling a semi-commercial unit. For I also learned it’s at Hallett Concrete. That’s in Adelaide, South Australia’s capital.
The machine is being used to turn the waste from black sand or iron sand. For then into a replacement for Portland cement.
IMPTEC Director John Doherty said the crusher was a game-changing invention. One most importantly that could eventually be at the forefront. I mean of the cement industry.
“What we’re involved in is reducing the amount of energy. You can also include lower maintenance costs because it’s just one machine,” he said.
“The energy density of the crusher is greater than other machines. So it reduces around 30 per cent of energy costs.”
Comminution is the essential processor of minerals into cement. Son more commonly Portland cement. It’s a known producer of a number of greenhouse gases…
Also, as they added energy consumption is going to go up. Especially if they are trying to keep up with what is needed in terms of metals. So anything that is going to reduce the footprint is excellent. Especially for an operating plant. That is going to be good.
“Portland cement is very energy intensive to produce and produces a lot of CO2 in the process. If you are using something that is actually a waste product, that is what you want.”
“This (IMPTEC’s super fine crusher) particular technology offers much reduced energy consumption. Up scaling it is a challenge that needs to be overcome.”
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