Wienerberger AG

Report
SPIRE
Brokerage event
December
16th 2013
SUSTAINABLE PROCESS
INDUSTRY
EUROPEAN INDUSTRIAL
COMPETTIVENESS TROUGH
RESOURCE AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Biomass Clay Granulate
 today the world's largest producer of bricks and No. 1 on the clay
roof tiles market in Europe, with 221 plants in 30 countries
 EUR 2,355.5 mio revenues and
13,060 employees in 2012
Our project idea applies for:
 SPIRE 2 – 2014: Adaptable industrial processes allowing
the use of renewables as flexible feedstock for chemical
energy applications
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and
Project Idea Concept
How to bring biomass into a kiln for ceramic products?
Avoid contamination of bricks & tiles with ash?
Tailor made solid fuel: Biomass-Clay granulate
e.g.: 90% biomass + 10% clay
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Project Idea Concept
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biomass-clay granulate is put into heating zone
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biomass will reduce natural gas demand
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clay will incorporate ash of biomass – no influence on product quality
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clay-ash granulate is recycled for brick & tiles production – replacement
of raw material possible
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Biomass-Clay Granulate

up to 30% less fossil energy demand
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co-firing process with biomass for existing kilns
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bolt on technology – use of existing infrastructure in ceramic
processes
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involvement of local suppliers of biomass
(wood, renewables)
use of local clays to form biomass-clay granulate
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reduced demand of primary feed stock
e.g. sand fillers could be replaced by recycled clay-ash granulate
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Looking for partners…
in the fields of:

pellets producer
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granulation & agglomeration specialists

solid fuel distribution systems
biomass firing industry
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energy management systems
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integrated process control systems

dissemination
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Contact details
Josef Birngruber
Wienerberger AG
Engineering R&D
E-Mail: josef.birngruber@wienerberger.com
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