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C-Crete Technologies Enters Into a Cooperative Agreement with DOE to Convert Carbon Ore to Eco-Friendly Construction Materials

C-Crete Technologies has engaged in a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Energy to develop and market a new class of carbon-based construction materials. The materials may be utilized as a cementitious replacement for portland cement, the world's most used building material, in both the precast and cast-in-place construction sectors.

Like any other naturally mined ore (iron, calcium, etc.), carbon ore or coal does not produce air pollution until heated, according to Dr. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, founder and president of C-Crete Technology, a business specialized in cutting-edge building materials technologies.Portland cement, on the other hand, requires a lot of energy to manufacture. In reality, its production and usage account for 5 to 8% of total global CO2 emissions, necessitating a rush to find materials to enhance or replace it.

According to preliminary results, C-Crete's carbon-based material will function and cost similar to ordinary Portland cement. In addition, the collaboration with DOE will aid in translating promising lab findings into a scalable method capable of competing with Portland cement, a centuries-old construction ingredient.Carbon ore consumption has decreased in the past decade due to the increased use of renewable energy resources such as solar and wind. This opens up the possibility of converting the abundant but currently underutilized ore into building materials, thus accelerating the decarbonization of the construction sector.

The yearly output of carbon ore in the United States exceeds 700 million tons, which is about an order of magnitude more than the annual cement production in the United States, around 80 million tons.The use of carbon ore by C-Crete will offer a new alternative feedstock for building materials.

C-Crete Technologies works at the crossroads of materials science, nanotechnology, multiscale computations, predictive analytics, software, hardware, and manufacturing to create the next generation of breakthroughs for a low-carbon, energy-efficient world.



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