American Concrete Institute Showcases Solidia Technologies’ CO2-Curing Innovations as Emerging Technology for Civil Infrastructure
By Business Wire News
Solidia Technologies’ novel utilization of carbon dioxide in concrete curing was featured as a leading emerging technology in civil infrastructure during the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Fall 2015 Convention taking place this week in Denver.
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CO2-cured Solidia Concrete™ railroad tie from Solidia Technologies® (Photo: Business Wire)
Solidia Cement™, which is silicate-based and has a low-calcium content, gains strength through carbonation instead of hydration. Presenting findings of “CO2-Cured Concrete based on Calcium Silicate Cement (CSC),” Solidia Technologies Principal Scientist Sada Sahu, Ph.D., explained that, when compared to Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC), 30 percent less CO₂ is emitted during the production of Solidia Cement. Additionally, Solidia Cement-based concrete (CSC) can consume up to 300 kg of CO₂ per ton of cement during the curing process.
“When the reduced CO2 emissions associated with Solidia Cement production are considered along with the ability of that cement to consume CO2 during concrete curing, the CO2 footprint associated with the manufacturing and use of cement can be reduced by up to 70 percent compared to OPC. As water is not consumed during the curing process, the mix water can be recovered and recycled.”
For the second consecutive year, ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council (SDC) showcased Solidia as a leading innovator in the field. Participating on its “Emerging Technologies in Civil Infrastructure” panel, Senior Researcher Deepak Ravikumar, Ph.D., presented “Solidia Technologies: Combining a Novel Non-Hydraulic Cement Chemistry with a Unique Technology to Cure CO2.”
Commenting on the panel discussion, Dr. Ravikumar said, “Sustainable solutions are so important to this industry, since cement and concrete production accounts for up to five percent of global CO₂ emissions. We discussed ways to reduce energy consumption, the use of various SCM’s, or an alternative fuel source to make cement, but it is clear Solidia is the only all-encompassing solution.”
Currently in commercialization for large- and small-scale applications, Solidia’s additional R&D collaborators include LafargeHolcim, CDS Group, DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, the EPA, Rutgers University, Purdue University, Ohio University, and the University of South Florida.
Focused on the theme, “Constructability,” ACI’s Fall Concrete Convention and Exposition drew leaders in the field from across the globe, including chemists, scientists and frontrunners in concrete innovation. Presentations were also made by Solidia investors and R&D partners, LafargeHolcim and BASF.
About Solidia Technologies®
Solidia Technologies® 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, Bill Joy and other private investors. Honors include the Cleantech 100, the R&D Top 100 Award, the CCEMC Grand Challenge, the Katerva Award, MIT’s Climate CoLab, and a 2014 Best Place to Work in NJ. Follow Solidia at www.solidiatech.com and on LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter: @SolidiaCO2.
About The American Concrete Institute
Founded in 1904 and headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA, the American Concrete Institute is a leading authority and resource worldwide for the development and distribution of consensus-based standards, technical resources, educational programs, and proven expertise for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction, and materials, who share a commitment to pursuing the best use of concrete.