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Andrew Pal, Beta Analytic’s Operations Manager for India, was one of the presenters at the 5th Global Fuels Conference for cement and lime held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mr. Pal, who is also the company’s Deputy Manager for Southeast Asia, talked about measuring the renewable carbon content of alternative fuels and their combustion emissions via ASTM D6866 method.
Around 100 delegates from 20 countries gathered at the five-star Sheraton Imperial Hotel for the two-day event to discuss the global trends in alternative fuels, process optimization, and preparation and logistics for alternative fuels. This year’s event was the first Global Fuels Conference held in Asia. According to Mr. Pal, many cement producers in Southeast Asia showed strong interest on the ASTM D6866 test. Many of them are planning to use scrap tires and other alternative fuels in their cement plants.
Mr. Pal’s presentation is found in our website.
Beta Analytic has participated in previous Global Fuel Conferences in North America. Mauricio Larenas, the company’s Business Development Manager, was one of the speakers at the 2009 Global Fuels Conference held in Toronto, Canada. Beta Analytic Director Thierry Tamers took charge of the company’s exhibit at last year’s conference in Washington, D.C.The company has joined these conferences to inform cement producers of the benefits of ASTM D6866 testing. This standard method is an accurate tool to quantify how much of a solid, liquid, or gaseous material comes from biomass or renewable sources. Most cement producers are unaware that alternative fuels like used tires and municipal solid waste have considerable biomass component and their combustion emissions should not be declared as 100% fossil in their greenhouse gas inventories. Based on Beta Analytic’s results, sewage sludge and demolition wood are not 100% biomass. Sewage sludge has considerable fossil input due to shampoos and detergents that enter the waste stream. Adhesives and paint, which are mostly petroleum-based, contribute to the fossil component of demolition wood.
ISO/IEC 17025:2005-accredited Beta Analytic is the world’s largest professional ASTM D6866 lab. Based in Miami, Florida, the company has several sample forwarding offices in Asia including Beijing, China; Nagoya, Japan; and New Delhi, India.