Moving past the challenges of alternative fuel usage
With the mounting burden of energy costs, concerns with the long-term availability of fossil fuels, and increasing awareness of greenhouse gas emissions, cement manufacturers are growing more focused on developing and instituting cost-effective alternatives. The hurdles to change have proven challenging, but several are leading the charge in overcoming those roadblocks.
Historically, coal has been the primary fuel source for the Indian cement sector, with petcoke largely filling the balance. However, domestic coal suppliers are unable to meet the growing coal demand, thus pushing cement producers to either import at higher prices or look for other solutions.