US Department of Energy awards $2.1 million to Solidia Technologies to develop CO2 capture and utilization technologies for building materials

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Testing of Solidia’s synthetic and carbonated SCM made possible in part by a US DOE grant

PISCATAWAY, NJ, May 23, 2022 /CSRwire/ — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is providing $2.1 million in funding to Solidia Technologies® to develop and test Solidia Cement™ carbonation methods, expanding applications Solidia’s low-carbon manufacturing technologies for building materials. Thanks to this financing, Solidia will develop processes for the production of synthetic complementary cementitious materials (MCS) by direct capture and use of CO2 from the flue gas stream of an active cement plant.

Funded by the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solidia will develop a method for efficient carbonation of Solidia cement on a laboratory scale and perform tests in mortar and concrete to determine the suitability of this material as a replacement for cement in concrete. This will provide an alternative low CO2 replacement material to the OPC.

“We are proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy to continue to innovate and ultimately fulfill our mission to provide commercially viable decarbonization technologies and sustainable solutions for the global construction and building materials industries,” said Russell Hill, Ph.D., CEO of Solidia.

The carbonated SCM will be added to concrete to create a product that will give similar or better performance when compared to concrete made with commonly used SCMs such as fly ash and ground granulated blast furnace slag.

“The DOE funding will advance our CCUS technologies and synthetic SCMs that can be easily integrated into Portland cement-based concrete formulations, providing manufacturers with an environmentally and economically sustainable solution, both reducing the carbon footprint and providing an alternative to traditional SCMs, which are becoming increasingly rare,” added Dr Hill.

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About Solidia Technologies®
Based in Piscataway, NJ (USA), Solidia Technologies® is a leading provider of decarbonization technologies and sustainable solutions for the construction and building materials industries. Investors include Imperative Ventures, Zero Carbon Partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments), Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Prelude Ventures, PIVA Capital, John Doerr, BP, OGCI Climate Investments, Bill Joy, Kleiner Perkins, BASF Venture Capital, Holcim, Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures, Air Liquide Venture Capital (ALIAD) and other private investors. Follow Solidia on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitterand YouTube.

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Solidia Technologies® is a cement and concrete technology company that makes it easy and cost-effective to use CO2 to create superior, long-lasting building and construction materials.

Solidia’s patented processes start with an energy-efficient cement that dramatically reduces CO2 emissions in the kiln. It then hardens the concrete with CO2 instead of water, reducing the overall carbon footprint of cement in precast concrete by up to 70%.

On a large scale each year, precast Solidia can eliminate at least 1.5 gigatonnes of CO₂, save three trillion liters of fresh water, reduce energy consumption by approximately 260 million barrels of oil, and eliminate 100 million tons of concrete landfill waste.

Solidia’s ready-to-use applications go one step further, offering the possibility of turning concrete – the second most widely used material on the planet – into a carbon sink.

Made from the same raw materials and existing equipment, Solidia products are more efficient and less expensive to produce than traditional concrete, and harden in less than 24 hours. Solidia offers industry an easy to adopt, fast and globally scalable response to one of the greatest threats to our planet.

Solidia Concrete for precast is currently available in the United States. Out-of-the-box apps are currently in testing for infrastructure apps.

Based in Piscataway, NJ (USA), Solidia’s investors include Kleiner Perkins, Bright Capital, BASF, BP, LafargeHolcim, Total Energy Ventures, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate Investments, Air Liquide, Bill Joy and others private investors.

Solidia R&D collaborators include LafargeHolcim, Air Liquide, DOT Federal Highway Administration, DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory, EPA, Rutgers University, Purdue University, Ohio University and the University of South Florida.

Honors include: the 2020, 2019 and 2014 Global Cleantech 100; a 2020 and 2014 Best Workplace in New Jersey; BP Advancing Low Carbon accreditation 2020, 2019 and 2018; the efficient Solar Impulse 1000 2019 solutions; 2017 ERA Grand Challenge Finalist (formerly CCEMC); 2016 Sustainia 100; 2015 NJBiz Company of the Year; Finalist of the Grand Challenge CCEMC 2014; Top 100 R&D 2013; 2013 Katerva Prize finalist; and the MIT Climate CoLab shortlist.

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