Lead Proponent: Carbon Upcycling Technologies Inc. (CUT)
Location: Calgary, AB
CEI Contribution: $ 600,000
Project Total: $ 1.1 M
Strategic Area: Carbon Capture, Use and Storage
The objective of this project is to construct a pilot demonstration facility that will capture CO2 emissions and combine them with low grade solid feedstock (e.g. derived from fly ash from coal power plants) to create exfoliated carbon nanoplatelets (CNPs). CNPs can be added to concrete mixes, which results in a concrete that has enhanced compressive strength. The demonstration plant has a production target of 500kg of CNPs/month.
The pilot plant will also provide samples to initiate commercial sales of the product into existing concrete product lines, while helping to create successful market entry and direct sequestration and valorization of CO2 emissions in Alberta.
The platform technology that will be utilized in this reactor is a novel approach to CO2 valorization and the scale up of this technology will advance the Canadian clean tech industry by exemplifying the offering of CO2 for economic growth. This will also improve competitiveness and aid in finding more efficient and valuable uses for CO2.
By upcycling fly ash, the technology can also facilitate the development of progressive regulations around higher cement displacement of cement with fly ash, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of new builds and retrofits.
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