Concrete with ordinary Portland cement (OPC) as the main binder is the most widely used construction material in the world. However, the concrete industry has a huge impact on the environment. The production of OPC is highly energy-intensive and responsible for approximately 8% of global CO2 emissions. This is an unsustainable energy and CO2 burden, especially for a material that is manufactured at the scale of >4.5 billion tons per year.
Researchers at the University of Alabama have developed a method of reducing the CO2 emission of concrete by 20% through enhancing the compressive strength of the concrete by using CO2 as an admixture. The process consists of carbonating a calcium-rich slurry and then mixing the slurry with other ingredients of concrete. A functional biomolecule is added to regulate the carbonation process of the slurry. As a result, the compressive strength of the concrete can be significantly improved, and less concrete needs to be produced each year, lowering CO2 emissions.
• This invention is an improvement on a granted patent (US Patent 10,392,305).
• Much higher strength improvement (over 30%) can be achieved (comparison with the moderate 10% increase obtained in existing technology).
• Environmentally/climate friendly: lowers CO2 emissions.
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