Sources: Solidia Technologies, Piscataway, N.J.; CP staff
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent that will offer the global construction industry what proprietors cite is a way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in cement milling, and provide concrete producers sustainable means to structures or slabs that are stronger, cheaper to fabricate and faster to cure than conventional portland cement alternatives.
Mindful of the Lehigh Valley’s deep roots in portland cement milling, project principals did not need to labor over the material of choice to support and clad the new Easton City Hall and Transportation Center, rising in the fittingly named eastern Pennsylvania town of 27,000.
A new roadmap shows how European Union cement interests, with much customer assistance, can clip carbon dioxide output from 1990 levels by 80 percent at mid-century. The ambitious goal fits the European Cement Association, based in Brussels—ground zero of carbon trading schemes, voluntary initiatives and regulatory pursuits aimed at net CO2 emissions reduction across the business and consumer landscape. It hinges on improvements in fuel- and energy-intensive cement milling, coupled with promotion of the energy or fuel efficiency inherent in concrete building and transportation slabs or structures.