Anhui Conch Group Co., Ltd. is a leading company of China's cement industry with the annual production capacity of 384 million tons and was ranked 315th in the list of Fortune Global 500. Amid China's efforts to cut carbon emissions, Conch Group has continued to explore energy-saving and low-carbon technologies with innovation-led, digital empowered and green transformed endeavors. It has realized the transformation from “gray manufacturing” to “green intelligent manufacturing”.
The Conch Group aims at zero-carbon emission and new energy and new materials, gradually reducing the energy consumption. The company has invested 62 million yuan (about 9.7 million U.S. dollars) in carbon capture equipment at its Baimashan plant near the Yangtze River, in the city of Wuhu, Anhui Province.
The pilot carbon capture and storage project can separate and purify 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted in cement production every year, which Conch will then sell as food and industrial-grade CO2.
Meanwhile, Conch Group has actively expanded clean energy supply. By the end of 2021, it has built 19 photovoltaic power stations and 3 energy storage power stations. These power stations have supplied 163million KWH of photovoltaic power and 24.64 million KWh of energy storage discharge in 2021 alone.
At the same time, the company is taking a series of other measures to lower emissions at source, such as upgrading the plants, using more clean energy, and turning waste heat from cement kilns into electricity.