Sources: Solidia Technologies, San Antonio, Texas; CP staff
Solidia Technologies is ramping up production of a proprietary supplementary cementitious material with the activation of a new pilot line at its expanded Texas headquarters. The equipment will increase the producer’s SCM capacity 25-fold, thereby allowing customers and prospects to test the engineered, performance binding agent in lab and field conditions. Solidia SCM mineralizes waste carbon dioxide and can replace 35 percent to 50 percent of portland cement in a mix design—equating to an 18 percent to 25 percent reduction in CO2 emissions associated with a finished concrete slab or structure. Along with lowering embodied carbon, the SCM improves concrete workability, strength development and durability.
“With the dramatic increase in production capacity that the new pilot line brings, we are now shipping significant quantities of Solidia SCM to ready-mix concrete producers, transportation agencies, and contractors to qualify and trial our material,” says Solidia Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development Pradeep Ghosh. “The lab testing and field trials these organizations conduct will help ensure our material meets the highest performance requirements for infrastructure applications as well as the individual sustainability needs of each department.”
“The commissioning of the pilot line is a critical milestone in the advancement and adoption of Solidia’s decarbonization technologies, allowing for critical field testing with some of the country’s biggest users of concrete,” adds CEO Russell Hill, Ph.D. “It’s one more important step toward full production—and toward tackling and remedying concrete’s enormous carbon footprint.”