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CarbonCure upcycles carbon dioxide into ready mixed concrete products. “Upcycling” means collecting carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial emitters, and injecting it into fresh ready mixed concrete to make better concrete. The result is that the CO2 is permanently embedded within the concrete, thereby becoming “mineralized” within the concrete. The technology is designed for ready mixed concrete producers who are seeking opportunities to differentiate their products and to appeal to the growing green building market. CarbonCure offers a turnkey green product offering which includes the technology, transparency documents (such as EPDs and HPDs), and a robust sales training program so producer sales representatives can differentiate their products in highly competitive markets.
The benefit of incorporating carbon dioxide into ready mixed concrete is that CO2 is chemically captured into the product, thereby reducing the concrete’s carbon footprint. The addition of carbon dioxide can also improve the concrete’s material properties, such as increasing compressive strength. Ready mixed concrete made with CarbonCure’s technology can also contribute to LEED points under the Materials & Resources and Innovation in Design credits in LEED 2009 and LEED version 4.
The upcycling of carbon dioxide into concrete occurs through a reaction between the cement and carbon dioxide. Calcium ions from the cement combine with carbonate ions from carbon dioxide combine to form calcium carbonate, which is similar to limestone. The limestone-like mineral is present as a nanomaterial, which is a fine material that is evenly distributed throughout the concrete mix.
If you are a ready mixed concrete producer looking to improve the material properties of your concrete, differentiate your products, and appeal to the green building market please contact us at info@carboncure.