Coal Ash Asia 2018: A Recap

-Shuozhou City, Shanxi Province, China

A big thank you to everyone who participated in our Coal Ash Asia 2018 proceedings in Shuozhou City, China, this past September 12-15th. This year's topics focused on the high-value utilization of fly ash, FGD gypsum and coal gangue as well as highlight applications in building material products (cement, concrete, geopolymers etc).

A special thank you to our international delegation (click organisation to visit website):

We would like to extend our humble gratitude to our friends at the China Building Materials Academy’s Institute of Technical Information for the Building Materials Industry, in Beijing. This year’s extension and construction of our annual products and services exhibition was our largest in Coal Ash Asia history, with over 50 exhibitors, and a welcome ceremony which included an orchestra playing on instruments made primarily from fly ash!  

New to this year’s proceedings was our Technology Symposium track geared towards new technologies in fly ash, which included discussion on fly ash based aggregates, fillers, and ceramic tiles. Contributors to this track included: Prof. Chang Jiqing from Guangdong Penghu Industrial Co., Ltd., Zhang Jingjie from Shanxi Hujin Coal Electricity New Material Co., Ltd., Ma Liantao from Hengyuan Waste Utilization, and Peter Ma from Shandong Wei Tong Technology Co., Ltd.

Another new feature was our meeting dedicated to new FGD gypsum technologies. Content included alpha high strength gypsum and calcination methods. Contributors included: Prof. Duan Pengxuan from Guilin University of Technology, Prof. Xiang Lan from Tsinghua University, and Li Yushan from Shandong Pingyi Kaiyuan New Building Material Co., Ltd.

This year also welcomes esteemed contributor, Mr. Bill Martin, who led engaged attendees in his workshop, “Fly Ash Use in Road and Embankment Construction”. Here, Mr. Martin led the discussion for industry experts, who explained real-world projects of American and Australian fly-ash in road projects. Also discussed were new technology and applications in road engineering. Attendees were able to openly discuss and compare methods and approaches to road construction, and receive technical explanations as to the process of applying road and embankment technology from start to finish.

We are excited to announce upcoming events and association/research developments in the new year. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay in touch!

 Here are a few pictures from CAA2018! An Album will be available under past events, in the coming weeks.

Want to Download the Conference program from CAA2018? You can find it on our CAA introduction page.

Transforming Real Estate Sector: Sustainable Construction Techniques

-Beijing, China

Urban housing models are now more of a destiny than a trend for the average person in the most populated parts of Asia, China and India. In the developing world, people increasingly flock to high-density living areas as they have easier access to commerce, healthcare and other amenities. The building materials industry’s infrastructure in Asia for trade and manufacturing has only reached a reasonable application of green building materials model within the past decade or so. The shift in lifestyle and housing infrastructure has led to concerns over energy, and carbon footprint. Researchers are concerned that the concrete, cement, etc, used in the making of modern high density living apartments is to blame for a large part of the pollution produced by these regions.

Almost a quarter of India’s CO2 emissions come from residential and commercial real estate construction. Increased growth in China and India, two industry giants, contribute greatly to the global carbon footprint. In India, 20% of water and 30% of natural materials are used in the construction and building materials industries.

Mr. Jack Yuan from the Institute of Technical Information for the Building Materials Industry in Beijing says that contamination and erosion of earth and air caused by dust and asbestos are hazardous byproducts of construction activities.  The team at ITIBMI, operating under the China Building Materials Academy, researches sustainable and progressively green infrastructure, while keeping in mind the cost and benefits of efficiency. “Nowadays the economic benefits can be seen through water and energy efficiency, with most green technologies focusing on the conservation of water, power and natural materials. ”

Yuan goes on to site specific technologies on the market, focusing on city specific construction. “ Pre-cast, reinforced hollow concrete blocks/ paneling made from fly ash, or Glass fiber Reinforced Gypsum (GFRG) walling, are a few examples of modern housing construction technologies. Efficiency in time, energy, cost and supplies will continue to propel the industry through innovation. “

Construction companies are increasingly embracing technologies consisting of fly ash and gypsum. These bi-products can be locally sourced and inexpensive because transportation costs are low.  Coal fired power stations and factories are selling them at a low cost to keep up with landfilling and other environmental regulations, making exporting/importing of fly ash another viable options for companies without local sources.

Issues arise logistically when construction and building material manufacturers are far from these resources or do not have the infrastructure in place to get the product from power station to manufacturing facility. As the world transitions to green energy, including solar and wind technologies, some countries have been forced to import bulk ash from producing countries. To read more about this logistical issues and trends, please be sure to read our upcoming newsletter, due out at the end of 2017. To be put on our newsletter mailing list, please click the link on the main page.

 

China International CCP Conference (CICCPC) 2017 - September 23-24

- Shuozhou City, Shanxi Province, China

AsianCAA is proud to continue the partnership and collaboration with the Shuozhou government by bringing the China International CCP Conference to Shuozhou City, Shanxi Province, China, this September 23-24, 2017. The conference is expected to welcome over 500 domestic and international industry participants. The two day event will include oral presentations, multiple exhibitions (products and services exhibition, and research poster exhibition), as well as a local industry tour to one of Shuozhou’s fine milling facilities.

This year’s topics of discussion will be:

  1. Fly ash high value utilization and disposal
  2. Fly ash based Geopolymers
  3. CFB coal ash utilization
  4. Cement and concrete
  5. FGD gypsum high value utilization
  6. Coal ash application in prefabricated construction
  7. Coal ash domestic and international trade

Who should attend?

  • Power station managers
  • Ash and other CCP managers
  • Researchers & Academic institutes
  • Building material manufacturers
  • Non-government agencies
  • Logistics providers
  • Industry related media
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Investors
  • Government officials

Become a part of our prestigious list of industry leaders.  Participants receive simultaneous translation during all presentations and a dual language handbook including all proceedings.

Honored Guests Include:

  • Wozungithathe Business Enterprise (South Africa)
  • Peking University
  • Tsinghua University
  • East China University of Technology
  • Shanxi University
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • China Building Materials Academy
  • National Institute of Clean and Low Carbon Energy
  • Shenhua Group
  • Datang Group
  • Shanxi Energy Group
  • Datong Coal Mine Group
  • Sinoma Tianjin
  • Huarun Group
  • Shandong Huajian Warehousing Equipment Co.,Ltd
  • Weifang Alpha Equipment Co.,Ltd

Registration includes all meals, domestic travel and lodging during the days of September 22nd to the morning of the 25th. To inquire about speaking positions, exhibitor opportunities or general admissions please enter your information below and our event team will contact you.

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AsianCAA Participation at Asia Pacific Conclave

-Kolkata, India

The Asian Coal Ash Association would like to thank the Coal Ash Institute of India for welcoming our Chinese delegation of industry leaders to the Asia Pacific Conclave in Kolkata this past week. The event focused on dry extraction and effective utilization of bottom ash during two days of seminars and presentations. Multiple networking opportunities allowed for the Chinese delegation to connect with other industry leaders. The delegation consisted of individuals from the Institute for Technical Information for the Building Materials Industry in Beijing,  Weifang ALPA Powder Technology & Equipment Co.,Ltd and Shangdng Pingyi Kaiyuan New Building Materials Co., Ltd.

“The delegation learned a lot this trip and were able to experience a different culture, and learn and share different approaches and technologies to local industries”, Mr. Jack Yuan, Engineer from Institute for Technical Information for the Building Materials Industry says of his experience at the 2017 Asia Pacific Conclave. Mr. Yuan and his colleagues know all too well the similarities and differences of the coal ash/bottom ash industries in India and China. The focus on this year’s China delegation was primarily to sell ash handling equipment, as explored in two presentations by our delegates Mr. Li Yushan, and Mr. Jia Wenhao attending from our previously mentioned Shanngdong Pingyi Kaiyuan, and Weifang ALPA powder companies.

AsianCAA Chairman, David Harris also addressed conference goers and provided an interview for local media concerning circular economy and looking to long term planning to solve India's shortages. See post image for interview. Materials will be published once they become available.

AsianCAA looks forward to welcoming the Coal Ash Institute of India to our annual Coal Ash Asia event this July 21st – 24th in Baotou, Inner Mongolia. 

Hot Topic: Alumina Extraction from Fly Ash

Baotou, Inner Mongolia

Aluminium is widely used in transportation, packaging and building materials sectors, due to its resistance to corrosion.  Alumina can be found in coal deposits all over the world including the US, India and China, the top three producers. Aluminium extraction however, is not a common practice in coal-fired power stations, as many struggle to justify the costs and energy costs. Inefficient systems have caused an obstacle for industry wide adaptation.

At this year’s Coal Ash Asia, in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, July 21-24, Industry professionals and researchers from around the globe will meet to discuss and share knowledge on Alumina Extraction. Discussions will explore energy and cost efficient extraction technologies, as well as international and domestic overviews from participating countries in our International Panel session.   

Our annual industrial tour will take place at Datang International Renewable Resources Development Co., Ltd. The holding company, Datang Group is a “big five” power company in China. The company is operating the first and only commercial project of Alumina Extraction of Fly ash in China, with production capacity of 200 000 tons/a Alumina, and producing paper and building materials products. Among these by-products are cement and calcium silicate board.

China universities, including the China Building Materials Academy in Beijing, lead in research pertaining to fly and bottom ash a processing and utilization. Feedback from the international community from Coal Ash Asia 2016 supported notions that China is year’s ahead in terms clean energy technology.

Processing and treating ash from coal fired power stations to the building materials industry is new to countries like Ukraine. “ The only industry that uses fly ash in Ukraine is the cement industry, with no processing or treatment, we simply feed what we get from the power station to the plant,” Andrey Garanin, business development manager from United Minerals Group (UMG) in Ukraine. Mr. Garanin attended CAA2016 to explore alternative applications for ash. After a visit to CAA’s annual industrial tour in Shuozhou, Mr. Garanin cited that there are many possibilities for effective adaptation in Ukrainian markets for Chinese tech. “China could help guide Ukraine to clean, energy efficient building materials. The infrastructure is unlike anything we’ve seen in Eastern Europe.”

Check out our introduction page to find our more about Coal Ash Asia 2017, who else will be joining us, and what other tracks we will cover at this year’s event.

Read the Wood Mackenzie report on alumina extraction!  (click here)

 

Global Gypsum Market to Grow 10% in the Next Decade

Resource: The Future of Gypsum: Market Forecasts to 2016, Smithers Apex

Currently, the global gypsum market is valued at approximately $1.5 billion USD. 60% of this contributed to by the cement industry, while 33% is taken up by plasterboarding. Gypsum’s primary uses are in the settling of retarders (cement), building construction and for conditioning soil and fertilizer in agricultural applications. The 252 million ton per year industry is expecting to grow another $1 billion USD in the next two years and another 1.5billion in the 8 years following, as expressed by Ken Soezen, author of this report.

The pattern of consumption fluctuates geographically. The western world, including the US and large parts of Western Europe, use the product for wallboarding. This is not true for the rest of the world and especially in developing countries such as India and China where drier applications in instruction are not the industry standard yet.

Population growth particularly contributes to the need for gypsum in developing worlds, as the market fluctuates between the need for housing, and therefore cement becomes in higher demand. China and India, where construction and infrastructure work has exploded in recent years, became catalysts for growth in cement production in Asia. In 2012, China alone accounted for 58% of worldwide cement production, with India also making the top of the list at 10%, behind the USA.

The construction industry tends to be very cost conscious as seen in recent shifts towards eco-friendly and cost effective utilization of waste bi-products in the building materials sector.  Gypsum has become an industry favorite due to its recyclability and durability during repeated applications. Gypsum is one of the cheapest alternatives to widely used portland and sand based aggregate cements that have been the industry norm. 

Fly Ash and Affordable Housing in India's Newest 'Smart CIty'

New Delhi-

With only 1% of the population being able to afford housing at Rs 10 lakh (approx. $22,000 USD) or more, the government aims to provide affordable housing to the public for an estimated Rs 5 lakh.

To make housing more affordable for New Delhians, The Modi government has begun using waste materials in construction as well as furnishing for recent housing projects. With the object of creating ‘smart cities’, reliant on being environmentally and cost efficient, the government is experimenting with steel structures that will use 70% fly ash. These 450 sq foot houses rely on solar powered energy and consist of furniture made of fly ash.

Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport Highways and Shipping Minister asserts that providing housing at this price will allow for a third of the population to afford housing. This is a big step towards financial independence for the poor. The housing will be provided with a subsidy that will also help with affordability.

Due to utilization and shipping logistics concerned with fly ash, the major port cities will be the target of these new ‘smart’ buildings. Gadkari went on to encourage investors to engage in public private partnerships (PPPs) in the twelve major India ports, as governments become increasingly keen on providing land in these areas for eco-friendly construction. Handling approximately 61% of India’s total cargo traffic are it’s twevle major ports - Kandla, Mumbai, JNPT, Mormugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Ennore, V O Chidambaranar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia).