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Hydrogen – Decarbonising the cement industry

Stopford’s Consultants have supported in successful fuel switching trials at Hanson’s Ribblesdale Plant.

The trials were made possible by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) funding provided through the Mineral Products Association (MPA).


The trials the culmination of several years’ work; demonstrated the successful operation of a Hanson cement kiln with a net zero fuel mix, a blend of tanker delivered hydrogen biomass components and glycerine for commercial scale cement manufacture. A world first!


Stopford’s fuel switching experts carried out the process design of the hydrogen feed system, taking into account the properties of hydrogen and it’s use in the kiln, they also carried out a Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) to ensure that the control and safety systems on the kiln were robust with the introduction of hydrogen.


If fully implemented for the whole kiln system at the Ribblesdale Plant, nearly 180,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide could be avoided each year compared to using fossil fuels, such as coal.


The results from the project will be shared within wider industries and supply chains both in the UK and globally, with the aim of spreading and maximising the environmental benefits of the technology.



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