Low-carbon emission cement and concrete advances to round two of competition, one of 4 organizations awarded
Submitted by Solidia Technologies
Solidia Technologies® and their sustainable cement and concrete technology advanced to round two of Emissions Reduction Alberta’s (ERA) $35 million international ERA Grand Challenge: Innovative Carbon Uses. Chosen by ERA’s Board of Directors, after a rigorous process that include an assessment by a team of external adjudicators and review by an expert advisory panel, Solidia is one of four projects that will receive will receive up to $3 million to accelerate and expand their low-carbon solution over the next two years.
"We make a sustainable innovation smart business for one of the world’s largest industries, and we are very grateful to Emissions Reduction Alberta for recognizing that our technology is an engine for growth and a smart investment opportunity,” commented Solidia Technologies Chief Commercial Officer Bo Boylan. “ERA’s ongoing support is critical as we work to help our customers roll the initial Solidia Concrete™ precast products out to the market.”
Solidia Technologies makes it easy and profitable to use carbon dioxide (COâ‚‚) to create superior and sustainable building materials. Concrete is the most widely used material in the world. The production of cement, which is used to make concrete, is responsible for seven percent of total global carbon emissions, making it the world’s second largest emitter of CO2. Solidia’s patented processes reduce CO2 emissions by 30 percent at the cement plant (~240 kg per tonne of cement clinker), and capture another 240 kg of CO2 during cement curing. Combined, the technologies reduce the carbon footprint associated with concrete production up to 70 percent, and reduce water use 60 to 80 percent. Using the same raw materials and existing equipment as traditional concretes, the resulting COâ‚‚-cured Solidia Concrete products are higher performing, cost less to produce, and cure in less than 24 hours.
“Carbon reinvestments lead to innovation and jobs. That makes life better for Albertans and supports our industries. Emissions Reduction Alberta plays a crucial role in advancing innovation and technology in this province,” said Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks and the Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office, Shannon Phillips.
The ERA Grand Challenge seeks technologies to transform carbon dioxide from a waste material to an asset while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In 2019 one will be eligible for up to an additional $10 million in funding to help commercialize their technology in Alberta.
“By saving manufacturers time, money and energy, with minimal disruption to existing systems, we address urgent business and societal needs while offering profitable solutions to an industry seeking to improve production methods that haven’t changed significantly in nearly 200 years,” added Boylan.
The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) set 2050 CO2 reduction targets for the global cement industry. Solidia's technology package will enable the industry to meet the WBCSD 2050 goal well ahead of the target deadline. Solidia’s technologies help address global issues such as infrastructure decline, urbanization, climate change and water scarcity.
About Solidia Technologies®
Based in Piscataway, N.J. (USA), 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 investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bright Capital, BASF, BP, LafargeHolcim, Total Energy Ventures, Bill Joy and other private investors. Honors include: 2017 ERA Grand Challenge Second Round Finalist, 2016 Sustainia 100; 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 at www.solidiatech.com and on LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter: @SolidiaCO2.
About Emissions Reduction Alberta
Emissions Reduction Alberta has evolved from Alberta’s Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation. They work collaboratively with government, industry and the innovation community to secure a lower carbon future for Alberta. Government provides grants to ERA to enable it to fulfill its mandate. Its funding comes from Alberta’s large emitters who choose to pay into Alberta’s Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund.
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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