A Canadian company has developed a process using carbon dioxide as raw material to create more sustainable precast concrete products. The first tests are in progress.
Carbon Sense Solutions Inc., Consulting and development in the environmental field based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, appears on track to upset the cement industry.
Indeed, "Accelerated Concrete Curing CO2", their new production process allows to use carbon dioxide to make faster more sustainable concrete products, stronger, more waterproof than standard products market.
This process currently only works with precast concrete. Nevertheless, its interest seems very real when we know that the prefabricated represents 10 to 15% of the North American concrete market and nearly 40% in certain European countries.
According to Robert Niven, CEO of Carbon Sense Solutions, Inc., the "CO2 Accelerated Concrete Curing" process would absorb and use 20% of the CO2 emissions of the cement industry, which itself is responsible for approximately 5% of global CO2 emissions. A forecast full of hope. We just have to wait for the results of the first tests currently underway in two first pilot plants.
Source: Clean Break