06.29.2021

CarbonBuilt and U.S. Department of Energy’s National Carbon Capture Center Produce Low-Carbon Concrete Using Flue Gas CO2

LOS ANGELES, June 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CarbonBuilt and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL) National Carbon Capture Center announced the completion of a multi-week test of carbon utilization and concrete production technology at the center’s facility in Wilsonville, Alabama. The test successfully injected carbon dioxide (CO2) from the flue gas streams of natural gas- and coal-fired generating units directly into more than 5,000 concrete blocks where the carbon is now stored for good.

Based on technology that was developed at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and that won the 2021 NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, CarbonBuilt’s ReversaTM process includes innovations to both the concrete mix design and the curing process. The Reversa formulation significantly reduces consumption of cement while enabling the increased and more flexible use of waste materials like fly ash or slag. During the curing process, dilute CO2 from flue gas streams is directly injected into and permanently sequestered within the concrete, with no requirement for carbon capture or purification.

Teams from CarbonBuilt, the National Carbon Capture Center – which is managed and operated by Southern Company and sponsored by DOE’s NETL – UCLA and Blair Block worked to test CarbonBuilt’s Reversa technology under a range of conditions. Post-production analysis of the blocks verified both the CO2 uptake (i.e., utilization) from the flue gas streams and performance (e.g., strength testing) relative to industry standards. The testing was successful across all metrics.

“Our approach offers utilities and other industrial plants a pathway for beneficial reuse of CO2 emissions. At the same time, we offer concrete producers a way to increase operating margins significantly while reducing overall carbon emissions from production by more than 50 percent,” said Rahul Shendure, CEO of CarbonBuilt. “This winning combination could unlock gigaton-level emissions reductions in the coming years.”

“Helping advance technologies toward commercialization is the core of our mission,” said John Northington, National Carbon Capture Center director and director of net-zero technologies for Southern Company. “It is exciting to work with CarbonBuilt and UCLA to test and evaluate their concrete production technology. Utilizing carbon dioxide to produce essential products like concrete will be an important solution as the world moves to reduce overall carbon emissions.”

“DOE’s Carbon Utilization Program, which is implemented by NETL, supported development of the X-Prize winning technology through cooperative agreements,” said Joe Stoffa, NETL Carbon Utilization Technology Manager. “More broadly, DOE’s Carbon Utilization Program supports the development of technologies to transform CO2 into valuable products in an efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly manner.”

This article appeared on the Global News Wire website at https://www.globenewswire.com/en/news-release/2021/06/29/2254822/0/en/CarbonBuilt-and-U-S-Department-of-Energy-s-National-Carbon-Capture-Center-Produce-Low-Carbon-Concrete-Using-Flue-Gas-CO2.html

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