Sources: Solidia Technologies, San Antonio
Solidia Technologies is expanding production of its proprietary supplementary cementitious material in San Antonio, Texas, where it recently relocated headquarters from New Jersey. The engineered product improves the durability, workability, and overall properties of concrete, while mineralizing captured carbon dioxide to reduce by 30-40 percent the greenhouse gas emissions associated with finished slabs or structures.
With significantly more production SCM capacity scheduled toward mid-year, plus greater proximity to key customers, suppliers and partners, the producer continues a move from research and development to commercialization. Over the past year, the Solidia team has made tremendous strides optimizing the alternative binder to achieve the desired attributes, consistent quality, and high performance required for end-use applications. The result is a powder to be used at greater cement replacement levels than fly ash or other alternatives in most concrete conditions.
“Our achievements in R&D have enabled us to invest in expanding annual SCM production capacity to ~1,000 tonnes,” says Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development Pradeep Ghosh. “This will allow us to supply key stakeholders, like ready-mix suppliers and government entities, with material for testing, trials and projects.”
“Increased production capacity is a significant milestone for advancing Solidia’s SCM technology and, combined with our commercial focus on carbon-mineralizing concrete products, represents our strong commitment to reduce the construction industry’s carbon footprint,” affirms CEO Russell Hill, Ph.D. “The expansion will allow us to provide a higher-performing, higher-quality, more consistent product.” Higher SCM output capability, he adds, is a first step toward addressing the supply chain challenges concrete producers are experiencing with cement and fly ash, shortages of latter attributable to ongoing coal-fired power generating station retirements.