As you all know the cement kilns are huge energy users and since 2016 the South Ferriby Plant Team have been working with an EU funded project to improve energy efficiency. The project is known as EPOS – Enhanced Energy efficiency and resource conservation in Process industrial Operations through industrial Symbiosis!
The project is about looking at improving energy efficiencies in the steel, minerals and petro chemical sectors. So far several opportunities have been explored for the South Ferriby Cement Plant to receive waste streams from other companies in the project such as INEOS and OMYA located opposite the Plant on the north bank of the River Humber in Hull.
Another aspect of the project involved working with PHD student, Sebastian Alfraro, who was based at the Plant for three months to model energy usage of the sites operations. Sebastian used a tool called Sankey diagrams to map the energy useage and expenditure of the plant to identify opportunities to reduce or eliminate energy wastage. (See diagram example on right.)
The Plant Team look forward to examining the findings and identifying which recommendations they can take forward to make our plant more efficient and, therefore, cut costs and our impact on the environment.