Carbon XPRIZE contestant CarbonCure expands clean tech penetration in the US

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

CarbonCure Technologies Inc. has secured a contract to install its CO2 recycling technology at another 16 concrete plants in the U.S., making buyer Thomas Concrete Inc. the world’s largest supplier of concrete made with the Nova Scotia-based company’s clean technology.

Thomas Concrete has previously installed the retrofit technology in six locations in the Greater Atlanta Area, bringing the total to 22 plants licensing CarbonCure’s technology once the installations are completed in early 2018.

By partnering with CarbonCure, Thomas Concrete recycles waste CO2 into concrete to increase its environmental, material and economic performance.

Not only is the CO2 permanently converted into a solid mineral within the concrete, but the addition of CO2 also improves the compressive strength of concrete. This has allowed Thomas Concrete to optimize its mix designs to unlock operational efficiency while reducing its carbon footprint.

“By adding CarbonCure’s technology into 16 more locations, we’re simultaneously reducing our environmental footprint and providing our customers with access to an affordable greener building product across our U.S. markets,” John Cook, technical director of Thomas Concrete USA, said in a statement.

As Thomas Concrete’s 22 plants start to recycle CO2 in concrete, the reoccurring annual CO2 avoidance is expected to be comparable to what would be consumed by over 13,000 acres of U.S. forest, the company said.

Thomas Concrete has been one of CarbonCure’s on-going partners in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a $20 million global challenge to accelerate international adoption of technologies that convert carbon emissions into valuable products like concrete. Concrete has been identified as one of the greatest near-term opportunity for converting waste emissions into products.

The largest independent ready mixed producer in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, Thomas Concrete is is a member of the Swedish, family-owned company Thomas Concrete Group AB.