Concrete elements exhibit energy storage, power output capacity

The Electric Power Research Institute has demonstrated the thermal energy storage performance of column-like, horizontally stacked concrete members, dubbed BolderBlocs by their Arvado, Colo.-based developer Storworks Energy, at the Alabama Power Ernest C. Gaston Electric Generating plant. Investigators devised a 10-megawatt hour electric energy storage solution, charged with Gaston Unit 5 supercritical steam output. Under their test assembly design, high-pressure…

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EPA quantifies $600B+ in clean water infrastructure needs through 2045

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff A new Environmental Protection Agency report to federal lawmakers projects future capital outlays to maintain or modernize publicly owned wastewater treatment works, stormwater infrastructure, nonpoint source control, and decentralized wastewater treatment systems like septic tanks. Such investments are deemed essential to supporting the Clean Water Act’s goal of fishable, swimmable waters from coast…

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Summit founder, Oldcastle Materials architect Hill joins Knife River board

Sources: Knife River Corp., Bismarck, N.D.; CP staff Knife River shareholders have elected Thomas W. Hill, retired Summit Materials Inc. chief executive officer and longtime head of (pre-CRH Americas) Oldcastle Materials, as director for a three-year term. He serves on the Compensation plus Nominating and Governance committees, and fills the seat of Tom Everist, who was director since Knife River’s…

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Béton Provincial consolidates Eastern Canada position with CRH assets

Sources: Béton Provincial Ltée, Quebec City, Quebec; CP staff Béton Provincial, the largest Canadian-owned company in cement and concrete, has closed on a major asset transaction with CRH Canada Group Inc., netting: the Ash Grove Cement mill in Joliette, Quebec, plus one Solvay, N.Y., two Greater Montreal and three Labrador or Newfoundland terminals; nine Demix Béton ready mixed plants, seven…

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Cemex, CRH, Holcim, Heidelberg lead Alliance’s CO2 emissions reduction gauge

Sources: World Benchmarking Alliance, Amsterdam; CP staff Cement producer prevalence in the World Benchmarking Alliance/Heavy Industries Benchmark upper ranks underscores global or multinational operators’ rapid progress in carbon dioxide emissions reduction. Four of the top five—indeed, seven of the top 10—Heavy Industries names need little introduction in cement and concrete circles: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., CRH Plc, Holcim Ltd. rank…

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Titan parent follows Argos, CRH, Holcim path to Wall Street listing

Sources: Titan Cement International S.A., Brussels; CP staff Euronext Brussels-traded Titan Cement International has informed investors of an initial public offering of shares in Virginia-based Titan America, which reported $1.6 billion in 2023 cement, supplementary cementitious material, aggregate and ready mixed concrete sales across coastal Mid-Atlantic and Southeast operations. With a projected early-2025 completion on a Wall Street exchange, the…

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Eagle Roofing ‘Time is Money’ app shrinks trucks’ pallet loading cycles

Sources: Eagle Roofing Products, Rialto, Calif.; CP staff After a late-2023 soft launch of an app proven to save truck drivers upward of 15 minutes in concrete tile and component order loading time, Eagle Roofing Products is expanding its Time Is Money online reservation system to all production plants and satellite yards, Florida to California. Through the digital platform, full…

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Carbonation process specialist makes XPRIZE Carbon Removal final cut

Sources: Silicate, Dublin; CP staff Silicate, developer of treatment technology accelerating the carbon dioxide sequestration potential of finely graded limestone or hardened concrete, is one of 20 finalists in the XPRIZE Carbon Removal competition, funded by the Musk Foundation with a $50 million grand prize. Finalists hail from around the world; earned their slots based on performance in the key…

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Chandler Concrete: ‘A Member of the Chaney Family’

Already one of the East Coast’s fastest growing concrete operators, Maryland-based Chaney Enterprises will nearly double its production footprint by acquiring Chandler Concrete Co. Inc., Burlington, N.C. The latter operates 44 ready mixed and three block plants, plus one building supply store in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. They align with Chaney Enterprises’ growing Virginia and North Carolina…

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CalPortland, Fortera mark milestone in mineralized CO2 concrete binder

San Jose-based Fortera Corp. has started ReAct concrete binder processing at a facility adjacent to the CalPortland Co., Redding, Calif. cement mill. The Redding ReCarb Plant is North America’s first industrial green cement and carbon dioxide mineralization facility—and one of the largest operations in the carbon capture and use class the world over. It is equipped for annual output of…

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