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Solidia Technologies Can Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Cement and Concrete in California by 7.4 Million Metric Tonnes

Presentation to California Air Resources Board also reveals water savings of 27 billion gallons

Published 03-27-18

Submitted by Solidia Technologies

30 Solidia Concrete™ blocks will absorb 22kg of CO2 at production. In one year, a tree will do the same.

 Solidia Technologies® Chief Commercial Officer Bo Boylan joined environmental leaders at a meeting of The California Air Resources Board (CARB) to discuss the impact of Solidia’s ecofriendly cement and concrete systems on California, including a 30% reduction in carbon emissions in the production of cement. Coupled with the capture of another 240 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) during cement curing, Solidia’s processes can reduce the carbon footprint of cement and concrete in the state by 70%.

“In California alone, our technologies would result in a reduction of more than four million metric tonnes of carbon emissions at cement kilns,” said Dr. Boylan. “By curing concrete with CO2 instead of water, we can also safely and permanently sequester 3.4 metric tonnes of CO2 in concrete products and save Californians 27 billion gallons of water each year.”

Additional environmental benefits that would be accrued at California cement plants include a 50% reduction of emissions of nitrogen oxide (5,000 metric tonnes), a 30% reduction in mercury emissions (110 kg), and a 30% reduction in energy consumption (13,000,000 gigajoules).

Each ton of cement produces approximately one ton of CO2, making cement production the second largest industrial CO2 polluter, representing 5-7% of the world’s total CO2 emissions. California’s nine cement kilns emit 13.53 metric tonnes of CO2 each year.

CARB describes its Green Building effort as encouraging design that accomplishes several environmental goals, including lowering GHG emissions: “Because buildings represent one of the largest sources of GHG emissions in California, the Green Buildings effort affords numerous ways to address environmental goals while lowering GHG emissions. Green buildings offer a cost-effective way to limit the use of energy, water and waste in residential and commercial buildings. Furthermore, by designing buildings to accomplish several environmental attributes from the beginning, the green building approach integrates renewable power generation, energy efficiency, water and waste reduction.”

Easy to adopt anywhere in the world, Solidia’s systems produce a sustainable cement and cure concrete with CO2 instead of water, while utilizing manufacturers’ existing infrastructure, raw materials, formulations, production methods and specifications. Stronger, more durable and higher performing than traditional concrete, Solidia Concrete™ products cost less to produce, reduce water and energy use, and cure in less than 24 hours.

"We applaud CARB for its commitment to environmental design through its Green Building effort,” explained Dr. Boylan. “That innovative mindset is a primary incentive for us to target California, which makes up the sixth largest economy in the world and is the second largest producer and consumer of cement in the country. Our technology has the potential to make a huge impact both environmentally and as an engine for economic growth as we give cement and concrete manufacturers a massive competitive edge.” 

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About Solidia Technologies® 
Solidia Technologies® is a cement and concrete technology company that makes it easy and profitable to use CO2 to create superior and sustainable building materials. Based in Piscataway, N.J. (USA), Solidia’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bright Capital, BASF, BP, LafargeHolcim, Total Energy Ventures, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate Investments, Air Liquide, Bill Joy and other private investors. Follow Solidia Technologies at www.solidiatech.com and on LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter: @SolidiaCO2.


About The California Air Resources Board (CARB)           
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is charged with protecting the public from the harmful effects of air pollution and developing programs and actions to fight climate change. From requirements for clean cars and fuels to adopting innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, California has pioneered a range of effective approaches that have set the standard for effective air and climate programs for the nation, and the world.

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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 PerkinsBright CapitalBASFBPLafargeHolcimTotal Energy VenturesOil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate InvestmentsAir LiquideBill Joy and other private investors.

Solidia’s R&D collaborators have included LafargeHolcimAir LiquideDOT’s Federal Highway AdministrationDOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, the EPARutgers UniversityPurdue UniversityOhio 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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