A key GCCA priority is to support and accelerate innovation in the cement and concrete sector with the important aim of improving sustainability and lowering the CO2 footprint. We intend to facilitate research and develop partnerships with key stakeholders (including for research, funding and advocacy).
Key innovation areas we intend to explore include:
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- Innovation in cement production – continuous innovations have already been delivered such as greater kiln and energy efficiencies, and many compelling projects are in progress. However, with the need to meet the Paris Agreement, the focus is now on breakthrough technologies such as CCUS and process electrification. Modern cement plants operate today at, or close to, the theoretical limits of efficiency, and therefore the deployment of CCUS seems to be an essential technology in the short to medium term perspective to meet future global climate change goals.
- Innovative cements including both new clinker substitutes and new types of clinker – there are a lot of interesting approaches in development and is it expected that from a mid-term perspective the new binding materials and systems will develop and enter the market for niche products.
- Business and services innovation in the whole value chain including digitization and BIM.
The CSI/ECRA Technology Papers 2017 summarizes the expected developments in the major technological fields i.e. thermal and electric energy efficiency, reduction of the clinker cement content, new binding materials, CO2 capture and storage an CO2 use.
As our website develops this section will provide updates on the latest research findings, with links to key research, projects and developments.
Below you can find some links to a range of projects which are using innovation to solve important challenges in the sector:
- Projects links
- Aether – lower carbon cement
- CarbonCure from CO2 to concrete
- C3 Carbon Concrete Composite
- Carbon8 – from CO2 to lightweight aggregates
- Celitement – a new hydraulic
- Cemcap – carbon capture prototypes
- CemZero – electrified cement production
- Cleanker – carbon capture calcium looping
- CO2 min – mineral sequestration of CO2
- CO2LOC from Cambridge Carbon Capture
- CO2NCRETE from UCLA
- Conipher Concrete photovoltaic envelop for deep renovation
- EcoBinder – new type of clinker
- ECRA CCS
- ECRA Future grinding
- Edefu – New design of ecological furnaces
- FastCarb accelerated carbonation of recycled concrete aggregates
- Leilac (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement) Calix – carbon capture direct separation
- Oakbio – Oakbio’s microbes have successfully captured and converted CO2 from raw cement flue gas
- Nanocem the industrial academic nanoscience research network for sustainable cement and concrete
- NanoMemc Nanomaterials enhanced Membranes for Carbon Capture
- Norcem – post-combustion CCUS demonstration
- Recybeton complete recycling of concrete
- Solidia – innovative cement and concrete
- Solpart – concentrated solar power to replace fossil fuels
- Scarlett – Scale up of Calcium Carbonate Looping (CCL) Technology
Disclaimer: inclusion on the innovation project list does not indicate commercial or scientific endorsement by the GCCA.
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