Innovation Snapshot
Innovator:Carbon Upcycling Technologies
Location:Calgary, Alberta

Greener, stronger, more durable concrete

Concrete is the second most used substance on the planet with more than 10 billion tonnes of it produced every year. And the demand only continues to grow.

The environmental impacts of creating the cement needed to make concrete are staggering: cement production is responsible for around eight percent of global C02 emissions.

Carbon Upcycling Technologies has pioneered a way to reduce the amount of cement needed to create concrete. In addition, the company’s process uses captured C02 and low-grade industrial waste mostly destined for landfills to do it. By binding together C02 gas and fly ash, a powder leftover from coal power plants, CUT makes an additive that can be used to replace some of the cement used to make concrete. This can eliminate about a quarter of the carbon footprint of concrete manufacturing.

“We started with a reactor about the size of a cookie jar. And we are now commissioning a reactor that can produce about eight tonnes per day,” the company’s chief of staff, Madison Savilow, said. In addition to concrete additives, Carbon Upcycling Technologies’ process is also used to make other products, including anti-corrosive coatings, plastics and consumer goods.

In addition to concrete additives, Carbon Upcycling Technologies’ process is also used to make other products, including anti-corrosive coatings, plastics and consumer goods.

For more information visit: https://carbonupcycling.com/