Program ID: Innovation Anthology #740
Program Date: 12/15/2015
Program Category: Alberta, Awards and Competitions, Climate Change, Energy, International
CCEMC Grand Challenge: Solidia Captures CO2 To Cure CementThe cement and concrete industry is actually the second largest emitter of carbon dioxide after power generation.
Solidia Technologies of New Jersey has discovered a way to significantly reduce that carbon footprint without forcing major retrofits on existing plants.
Solidia is using funding from the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation's Grand Challenge to refine and demonstrate its new technology.
Tom Schuler is Solidia's President and CEO
TOM SCHULLER: Usually cement will react with water. And that's kind of what holds everything together with concrete. Well, we use a little bit of water as well, but it doesn't react with our cement. The only thing that will react with our cement is CO2. And we actually capture it and sequester it inside whatever we're making so it's basically permanently locked in place. Now it's something that the industry has really been trying to do for about 50 years, because they knew that CO2 curing actually offered some very interesting benefits to concrete from a long term durability standpoint. We were able to crack the code and do it in a way that's commercially viable.
Tom Schuler says Solidia will pilot its CO2 reduced concrete in Alberta in 2016.
Thanks today to THE CLIMATE CHANGE AND EMISSIONS MANAGEMENT CORPORATION.
FOR INNOVATION ANTHOLOGY
I'M CHERYL CROUCHER