UltraTech Cement Limited, India’s leading cement and ready-mix concrete company, has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Coolbrook, a transformational engineering and technology company, to explore opportunities for reduction of CO emissions2 emissions from its cement manufacturing operations.
UltraTech and Coolbrook will jointly explore the use of Coolbrook’s Roto Dynamic Heater (RDH), an innovative application based on its breakthrough RotoDynamic technology, to electrify the heating process of cement kilns. The two companies will collaborate to develop optimal electric heating solutions for the cement manufacturing process as an alternative to fossil fuels.
Coolbrook’s RDH technology can reach process temperatures of up to approximately 1700ºC with high energy efficiency and can thus be used in processes that have been considered impossible to electrify. When powered by electricity from renewable sources, the technology can eliminate CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels in all major industries. It is the only electric process heating technology in the world capable of reducing industrial CO by more than 25%2 emissions and more than 7% of global CO2 annual emissions.
Due to its compact size, the RDH can also be retrofitted to existing installations and thus significantly accelerate CO reduction if required2 emissions. The companies expect this breakthrough technology to be ready for industrial-scale commercial use in 2024.
“UltraTech, as a founding member of the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), is committed to the GCCA 2050 Climate Ambition to deliver carbon neutral concrete by 2050. As part of our commitment RE100, we aim to achieve 100% of our needs. electricity needs through renewable sources by 2050. Our MoU with Coolbrook is a step to further accelerate our efforts to decarbonize our operations and achieve our sustainability goals,” said Mr. Kailash Jhanwar, Director CEO of UltraTech Cement.
Ilpo Kuokkanen, Executive Chairman of Coolbrook, said: “India is one of the most important potential markets for Coolbrook as we want to have a global impact on CO2 emission reductions. The cooperation with India’s leading cement producer UltraTech is an important step in our strategy to decarbonize heavy industry processes globally. UltraTech is also a great addition to our comprehensive and responsive partner ecosystem spanning major industry players, academic institutions and the public sector.

Advocate for climate action

UltraTech has taken a holistic approach and incorporated a low carbon strategy into its business conduct. It is increasing its investments in the development of innovative products and services, improving energy efficiency, increasing the share of renewable energy and intensifying the use of alternative fuels and alternative raw materials (AFR) in its manufacturing operations.
UltraTech has set itself ambitious targets for reducing GHG emissions. The company has committed to reducing Scope 1 GHG intensity by 27% by 2032 from a 2017 baseline. UltraTech has also committed to reducing Scope 2 GHG intensity by 69% by 2032 from the reference year 2017. These GHG emissions targets have been validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). As part of the EP100 commitment, UltraTech also aims to double energy productivity by FY35, from the FY10 baseline.
UltraTech uses green energy as a key catalyst for decarbonization. The company aims to increase its green energy mix to 34% of its total electricity needs by 2024. It achieves this by continuously improving energy productivity, increasing the use of renewable energy and reusing heat from its own operations through waste heat recovery systems. (WHRS). UltraTech currently has 436 MW of green power capacity, which includes 167 MW of installed WHRS capacity and 269 MW of contracted renewable power.
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