EP Henry, Lafarge, Solidia mark low-carbon binder’s commercial launch

Sources: LafargeHolcim, Chicago; Solidia Technologies, Piscataway, N.J.; CP staff

A venture between the LafargeHolcim U.S. Cement business and Solidia Technologies will supply EP Henry’s Wrightstown, N.J., block & paver plant with a reduced carbon dioxide binder plus companion curing equipment. The proprietary production method’s formal launch stems from a six-year effort by the three companies to bring to commercial scale a technology that reduces embodied CO2 in manufactured concrete by up to 70 percent versus conventional, portland cement-based production methods. Development has centered on Solidia Cement milled at the Lafarge Whitehall plant in western Pennsylvania, along with aggregate materials Solidia Technologies sources separately.

“LafargeHolcim has long been committed to bringing innovative solutions to market, and this commercial agreement with EP Henry is an important step in showing that reducing our CO2 footprint through carbon-captured products is feasible,” says U.S. Cement CEO Jamie Gentoso. “It has been incredibly rewarding to see how we have collaborated to move this technology from the experimental phase and into the U.S. market as a viable product.”

“By offering its technical expertise and market intelligence, LafargeHolcim helped us eliminate barriers to adoption, leading us to this first commercial traction in the U.S.,” adds Solidia President and CEO Tom Schuler.

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