Solidia joins 51 other sustainable activities working towards a lower carbon future
Submitted by Solidia Technologies
For the second consecutive year, Solidia Technologies®, a cement and concrete technology, has qualified under BP’s Advancing Low Carbon (ALC) accreditation programme. Solidia’s unique technology allows for a 30% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the production of cement. Coupled with the capture of an additional 240 kg of CO2 during the CO2-curing process, Solidia’s systems can reduce the carbon footprint of cement and concrete by up to 70%.
“We’re thrilled that, once again, Solidia is recognized as a leading and effective low-carbon technology,” said Solidia’s President and CEO Tom Schuler. “The ALC programme sets a high standard for BP and its partners. We are grateful to BP for their ongoing support helping us scale a low-carbon technology that is having a lasting and meaningful impact reducing CO2.”
Each ton of cement produces ~1 ton of CO2, making cement production the second largest industrial CO2 polluter, representing 5-7% of the world’s total CO2 emissions. Solidia’s technologies both reduce carbon emissions during cement production and capture and safely sequester CO2 during concrete curing.
“I am delighted to see Solidia Technologies recognized again under BP’s Advancing Low Carbon programme,” said Vice President, BP Ventures, David Gilmour. “Our Advancing Low Carbon accreditation programme aims to inspire every part of BP to identify lower carbon opportunities. One year on, we are already seeing the impact the programme is having, with a 50% increase in accredited and re-accredited activities, up to 52 from 33.”
To gain accreditation, each activity must meet rigorous criteria and requirements and be independently assured by BP’s assurance partner, Deloitte LLP. BP estimates that 53 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent have been saved or offset through ALC activities delivered by BP, and 4.7 million tonnes through activities delivered by BP partners since the programme began in 2017. See bp.com/advancinglowcarbon for more information.
The BP ALC programme highlights activities that demonstrate and deliver better carbon outcomes. Qualifying activities range from emissions reductions in BP’s operations to carbon neutral products, from investments in low-carbon technologies to BP’s renewables businesses. ALC activities are undertaken through BP’s own businesses as well as in partnership with others. Each activity included in the programme is evaluated and subjected to independent assurance against defined criteria.
Solidia takes a giant step that leaves a small footprint, each year at scale reducing:
the carbon footprint of concrete by up to 70%, equaling 1.5 gigatonnes or ~4% of the world’s CO2 emissions, with the potential to do more;
water usage up to 100%, avoiding the consumption of 3 trillion gallons of fresh water…enough to fill 1 million Olympic swimming pools;
energy consumption at cement plants equal to ~260 million barrels of oil/year (or 67 million tonnes of coal); and
landfills by eliminating at least 100 million tonnes of concrete waste.
Using the same raw materials and existing equipment as traditional concretes, Solidia Concrete™ products are higher performing, cost less to produce, and cure in less than 24 hours. By introducing Artificial Intelligence into concrete production, Solidia is also bringing one of the world’s oldest industries into the 21st century. Solidia offers a rapid, globally, sustainable innovation that is smart business. Within 5 years, Solidia’s need for CO2 will more than double the existing CO2 market.
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.
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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 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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