CO2-reducing cement and concrete technology earns recognition as an innovative solution for climate change
Submitted by Solidia Technologies
Solidia Technologies®, a cement and concrete technology startup, today announced it was named in the Sustainia100 for its systems that reduce the carbon footprint of cement and concrete up to 70 percent. Solidia was selected to the Sustainia100 from nearly 6,000 nominated companies from 60 countries.
“We are very honored by the acknowledgment of Sustainia and to join a cohort of 100 disruptive innovators with scalable solutions that can solve challenges and positively impact industry, society and markets," commented Thomas Schuler, President and CEO of Solidia Technologies. "The cement and concrete industry hasn’t seen significant change in 200 years. Our scalable, easy-to-adopt COâ‚‚-curing system can transform sustainability into a competitive edge across the globe.”
Solidia Technologies makes it easy and profitable to use CO2 to create superior and sustainable building materials. Its patented technology starts with a sustainable cement, cures concrete with CO2 instead of water, reduces carbon emissions up to 70 percent, and recycles 60 to 100 percent of the water used in production. Using the same raw materials and existing equipment as traditional concretes, the resulting CO2-cured concrete products are higher performing, cost less to produce, and cure in less than 24 hours.
Featuring the theme “systemic opportunity,” this year’s Sustainia100, an annual publication that presents the most innovative, available, scalable and sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, sets out 100 solutions that respond to the interconnected global challenges addressed through the Sustainable Development Goals—from health solutions that tackle climate change, to renewable energy products that alleviate gender inequality.
“The term ‘systemic’ often brings to mind intractable problems, such as systemic poverty or systemic corruption. The global goals give us focus and pace, so we think it’s time to reclaim the word and talk about systemic opportunity, instead. The Sustainia100 shows us that the most compelling and successful solutions tackle multiple challenges, and global goals, in one go,” said Morten Nielsen, Managing Director of Sustainia, which publishes the Sustainia100.
In her foreword to the Sustainia100, Lise Kingo, the Executive Director of United Nations Global Compact, reflects on the pace and direction set by the Sustainable Development Goals: “The Sustainia100 offers us 100 reasons to be hopeful and inspired as we embark on this 15-year journey. The innovative thinking needed to accomplish the SDGs by 2030 already exists today. Now our task is to spread the word about these transformative solutions in order to help them scale and inspire new actors to take part in forging the path to a more sustainable future.”
Now in its fifth year, the Sustainia100 has tracked more than 4,500 solutions to date from all over the world. This year’s edition features solutions deployed in 188 countries, with more than half from the SME sector. The innovations are screened and selected by independent sustainability experts from 20 international research organizations, including Yale University, WWF, Acumen, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Cleantech.
About Solidia Technologies®
Based in Piscataway, N.J. (USA), Solidia’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bright Capital, BASF, BP, LafargeHolcim, Total Energy Ventures, Bill Joy and other private investors. Honors include: 2015 NJBiz Business of the Year 2014 Global Cleantech 100; 2013 R&D Top 100; 2014 Best Place to Work in NJ; 2014 CCEMC Grand Challenge First Round finalist; 2013 Katerva Award finalist; and MIT’s Climate CoLab shortlist. Follow Solidia Technologies at www.solidiatech.com and on LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter: @SolidiaCO2.
Sustainia helps public and private organizations create a more sustainable tomorrow, building on the solutions available today. As a world leader in navigating the new market opportunities for the Sustainable Development Goals and with a database of more than 4,500 cutting-edge innovations, Sustainia‘s mission is to innovate the business models of the future. Sustainia is supported by strategic partners R20 and UN Global Compact.
Sustainia100 is an annual guide to 100 innovative sustainability solutions from around the world. The guide identifies readily available projects, initiatives and technologies at the forefront of sustainable innovation. It gives investors, business leaders, policy makers and consumers insights into promising solutions within their respective fields. The innovations are screened and selected by independent sustainability experts from 20 international research organizations including Yale University, WWF, Acumen, and Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The Sustainia100 publication is kindly sponsored by Realdania.
Solidia Technologies® is a cement and concrete technology company that makes it easy and profitable to use CO2 to create superior and sustainable building and construction materials.
Solidia’s patented processes start with an energy-saving cement that dramatically reduces CO2 emissions at the kiln. It then cures concrete with CO2 instead of water, reducing the overall carbon footprint of cement in precast concrete up to 70%.
At scale each year, Solidia precast can eliminate at least 1.5 gigatonnes of CO₂, save three trillion liters of fresh water, reduce energy consumption equal to ~260 million barrels of oil, and eliminate 100 million tonnes of concrete landfill waste.
Solidia's ready-mix applications go even further, offering the potential to transform concrete – the second most utilized material on the planet – into a carbon sink.
Produced using the same raw materials and existing equipment, Solidia products are higher performing and cost less to produce than traditional concrete, and cure in less than 24 hours. Solidia offers industry an easy-to-adopt, rapid and globally scalable response to one of the greatest threats to our planet.
Solidia Concrete for precast is currently available in the US. The ready-mix applications are currently in tests for infrastructure applications.
Based in Piscataway, N.J. (USA), Solidia’s investors include Kleiner Perkins, Bright Capital, BASF, BP, LafargeHolcim, Total Energy Ventures, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate Investments, Air Liquide, Bill Joy and other private investors.
Solidia’s R&D collaborators have included LafargeHolcim, Air Liquide, DOT’s Federal Highway Administration, DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, the EPA, Rutgers University, Purdue University, Ohio University, and the University of South Florida.
Honors include: the 2020, 2019 and 2014 Global Cleantech 100; a 2020 and 2014 Best Place to Work in NJ; 2020, 2019 and 2018 BP Advancing Low Carbon accreditation; the 2019 Solar Impulse 1000 Efficient Solutions; 2017 ERA Grand Challenge (formerly CCEMC) finalist; 2016 Sustainia 100; 2015 NJBiz Business of the Year; 2014 CCEMC Grand Challenge finalist; 2013 R&D Top 100; 2013 Katerva Award finalist; and MIT’s Climate CoLab shortlist.
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