CarbonCure technology to sequester carbon in concrete gains second Alberta user

Robert Niven founder and chief executive officer of CarbonCure Technologies. Image: CarbonCure Technologies

Northstar Concrete Ltd. has recently become the first ready mix concrete producer in the greater Edmonton area to announce it is applying new technology that recycles carbon dioxide into its concrete.

Through a new partnership with Nova Scotia-based CarbonCure Technologies, Northstar’s ready mix plant recycles waste CO2 into concrete to increase its environmental, material and economic performance.

CarbonCure’s retrofit technology chemically sequesters waste carbon dioxide during the concrete manufacturing process to make greener and stronger concrete. The technology allows for CO2 to be permanently converted into a solid mineral within the concrete without negatively impacting the concrete’s properties.

CarbonCure said its technology is helping more than 60 concrete producers across North America supply more sustainable concrete to offer cities and communities an affordable means to build resilient and greener infrastructure.

Northstar is the second producer in Alberta to announce it has adopted CarbonCure’s technology. Last October, BURNCO Rock Products announced they installed CarbonCure’s technology in their Calgary ready mix plant.

Although Northstar is a relatively young plant, the management team members are veterans with 50 years of experience in the concrete industry. Northstar was started in 2005 by owners Massimo Spoletini, Robert Van Diesen and Mario Senk. To support the increasing demand for greener building materials, Northstar decided to introduce CarbonCure’s technology into their mix design.

“We decided to adopt CarbonCure’s technology to contribute to the momentum in sustainable building that we’re seeing from the architectural, engineering and design communities by giving them access to concrete that recycles carbon dioxide into our concrete at an affordable price,” Spolentini said in a statement.

CarbonCure is one of 23 semi-finalists in the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE challenge, which has been called the Nobel prize for climate technologies.