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  • CarbonCure Technologies Inc. posted an article
    CarbonCure expands low-carbon concrete technology business in the Bay area with Central Concrete. see more

    Central Concrete Introduces CarbonCure in the San Francisco Bay Area

    CarbonCure Technologies is expanding in the San Francisco area as Central Concrete Supply Co. of San Jose has agreed to adopt the company’s technology.

    A finalist in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, CarbonCure has developed technology that lets concrete producers cure their product by injecting it with carbon dioxide. This means the concrete industry — one of the largest industrial emitters of carbon into the atmosphere — can produce a superior product while reducing, not increasing, CO2 emissions.

    The deal with Central Concrete Supply, which is owned by publicly listed U.S. Concrete of Euless, Texas, means CarbonCure now has a strong partner in the greater San Francisco area. That’s important because San Francisco is one of the leading regions in the U.S. for sustainable technologies and the environmental movement.

    “San Francisco is one of the C40 cities, those are the cities around the world that have signed on to take additional action against climate change,” Christie Gamble, the CarbonCure director of sustainability, said in an interview. “It’s not just at the government level. It’s part of the culture of San Francisco and you really see it in the business community.”

    U.S. Concrete has spent the past year testing the CarbonCure technology at its National Research Laboratory in San Jose. Those tests went well enough that Central Concrete has now committed to a first-phase rollout, which includes installing the CarbonCure system in its seven West Bay plants.

    Gamble added that CarbonCure’s relationship with Central Concrete evolved beyond a typical supplier-customer connection, so the two companies now work together to promote green construction projects in the area. The Bay Area is home to such corporate giants as Google and Facebook, which have adopted sustainability as part of their business mission. CarbonCure wants to work with Central Concrete to reach out to those companies so their private construction projects will feature green concrete.

    Herb Burton, vice-president and general manager of U.S. Concrete West Region, said his company is adopting the technology to exhibit “leadership and commitment to reducing the overall carbon footprint without sacrificing performance.”

    CarbonCure is already gaining other evangelists in the construction and development community in Northern California.

    “We are continuously striving to push the boundaries of sustainability,” Susan McComb, principal at BAR Architects, said in the statement. “Concrete is an integral component in all of our designs and we are so excited to hear that Central Concrete has adopted the innovative CarbonCure Technology locally.”

    CarbonCure’s technology is now used in more than 100 plants in the U.S. and Canada. Last year, the company licensed its technology to concrete company Outback Materials, which has won work to supply nearly 500,000 cubic yards of concrete for the first sections of a US$68-billion high-speed train between Los Angeles and San Francisco. CarbonCure is partnered locally with Butler Bros. to supply the Victoria, BC concrete market.

    In April, CarbonCure was named one of 10 finalists for the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE Challenge, meaning it has already received US$500,000 in prize money and could win a further US$7.5 million if it is one of two winners. The Carbon XPRIZE is a competition that challenges teams to develop breakthrough technologies that convert CO2 into one or more products with the highest net value. The winner will be announced in March 2020.

     

    CarbonCure was recently featured by CNN Money at: https://money.cnn.com/2018/06/12/technology/concrete-carboncure/index.html?utm_campaign=PR%20-%20CNN%20video%20to%20producers&utm_content=73003101&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

     

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Submit proposals for how your technology or idea can help address two of COSIA’s challenges. see more

    Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and BC Innovation Council (BCIC) invite you to submit proposals for how your technology or idea can help address two of COSIA’s environmental challenge areas: Greenhouse gases (GHG), and water.

    Proposal Submissions

    The following attachments outline the proposal submission process:

     Challenge Proposal Submission Process
     Non-Confidential Submission Form (Submission Template)

     

    COSIA Challenges

    You can review all of COSIA’s Challenge briefings online before you make a submission:

     Water Challenges
     Greenhouse Gas Challenges
     COSIA ARCTIC Waste Heat Challenge
     NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE

     

    Ongoing Challenge Dialogue

    Questions: In-person and webcast attendees can continue to ask COSIA environmental directors and technical experts questions via the Cleantech online platform until Friday, December 4, 2015.
    Follow-up Webinar: COSIA and BCIC will host a follow-up webinar to address additional questions from attendees in January 2016. Invitations will be sent in December.

    The Cleantech Energy Innovation Challenge is an initiative of BCIC and COSIA in partnership with several energy industry partners. For any inquiries, please email info@bcic.ca.