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Lafarge joins heavyweight investors in Solidia Technologies funding round

A key player in technology-targeted venture capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) has led a third or Series C Round of funding for New Jersey-based Solidia Technologies, whose integrated cement and concrete production and curing processes lower net carbon dioxide emissions when measured against portland cement alternatives. KPCB, Bright Capital, BASF and BP have recommitted to the business in the current round, and are joined by Lafarge Group and another French entity, Total Energy Ventures; and, Sun Microsystems cofounder Bill Joy, who has served on the Solidia board as a KPCB partner.

 

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Charah contracts extend C618-Grade ash options for midwest producers

Coal combustion products (CCP) management specialist Charah Inc. has entered into or renewed agreements involving three Louisville Gas & Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co. facilities: Mill Creek Generating Station in Jefferson County, Trimble County Generating Station, and Ghent Generating Station near Carrollton, Ky. The Louisville-based operator expects to market the stations’ fly ash to ready mixed producers throughout the Midwest, providing them multiple supply options of high quality, ASTM C618 Class F product.

 

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Lehigh Hanson fosters biodiversity measures

BRF-LHANSON-150Lehigh Hanson, Inc. has recognized three individuals in its 2014 Quarry Life Award for North America, which this year saw two operations—Lincoln Quarry in Illinois and the Sechelt Mine in British Columbia—open their doors for research projects by program participants.

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Major utility looks to boost fly ash, other coal combustion product usage

Charlotte-based Duke Energy is reviewing through early next month responses to a late-2014 request for proposals on a study of ways to beneficially reuse coal ash, plus analysis of current and emerging technologies. It encouraged industry specialists, academic institutions, research organizations and those with coal ash expertise to register to participate, registering at CoalAshReuse@duke-energy.com.
“We are eager to expand the amount of ash directed to the beneficial reuse market,” says Duke Energy’s John Elnitsky, senior vice president for ash management strategy. “A full assessment of the available technologies and innovations will help us integrate solutions that are safe, practical and proven for large-scale applications.”

 

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Lafarge, Titan America, Vulcan Materials align with Wildlife Habitat Council

The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) continues to note major cement and aggregate producers’ environmental stewardship through certification and recognition during its annual symposium. “Celebrating Corporate Conservation” was the theme of the 2014 symposium, held late last year in Baltimore.

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