Alberta-based BURNCO installs carbon recycling technology and competes in $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE
Industry leaders team up in global challenge to convert carbon dioxide into valuable products
Calgary, AB, Canada - BURNCO Rock Products, a ready mixed concrete provider headquartered in Calgary, has been selected as a semi-finalist in the global NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE competition as a member of Team CarbonCure. BURNCO has installed CarbonCure's carbon dioxide (CO2) recycling technology and will supply the Calgary construction market with low carbon concrete as it competes in the global competition that’s been heralded as the “Nobel Prize” of the carbon industry.
BURNCO installed the CarbonCure technology in its Shepard, AB concrete plant in June 2016, and conducted testing throughout the summer to confirm the technology’s performance. The CarbonCure technology injects CO2 sourced from the smokestacks of industrial emitters into concrete, where the CO2 becomes chemically converted into a mineral and permanently captured within the concrete. The process helps to improve concrete’s compressive strength, which enables concrete producers to realize operational efficiencies that further reduce their products’ carbon footprint.
Albertans are becoming increasingly concerned with finding solutions to mitigate carbon emissions. We at BURNCO are proud to contribute towards a solution to carbon, while providing Albertans with the highest quality concrete.
- Norm Kuntz, Calgary District Manager, BURNCO
Team CarbonCure, led by Nova Scotia clean technology developer CarbonCure Technologies, also announced today that it has been selected as a semi-finalist in the global NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE competition. The Carbon XPRIZE challenges teams to develop breakthrough technologies that convert the most CO2 into one or more products with the highest net value. Co-sponsored by NRG and COSIA, the multi-year competition is designed to address CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, a leading contributor to climate change.
As part of the XPRIZE competition, Team CarbonCure is one of 27 semi-finalists from around the world who will be demonstrating its CO2-utilization technology in Alabama, Georgia, Wyoming and Alberta over the next four years. Along with BURNCO, the team consists of Sustainable Energy Solutions (SES), Praxair, Inc., Argos, and several leading engineering and architectural firms, with additional carbon capture expertise provided by Southern Company.
The team is also partnering with leading architects and structural engineers in the Atlanta and Calgary regions, including Read Jones Christoffersen (RJC) and DIALOG. Doug Little, Managing Principal of RJC’s Calgary Structural Engineering team exclaims, “I would like to extend my congratulations to BURNCO and Team CarbonCure for being selected as a semi-finalist in the global Carbon XPRIZE competition. We look forward to working with BURNCO to reduce the carbon footprint of our Calgary building developments.”
For more information about Team CarbonCure, please visit info.carboncure.com/xprize-team.
About CarbonCure Technologies Inc.
CarbonCure is concrete’s gateway to the green building community. Its technology chemically repurposes waste carbon dioxide during the concrete manufacturing process. Through collaboration with leading designers, the company and its partners are supplying a scalable solution to address the growing demand for green building materials. CarbonCure concrete is available through concrete manufacturers across North America. For more information, visit: www.carboncure.com.
About BURNCO Rock Products
BURNCO Rock Products is a 104 year old, fourth generation aggregate construction materials business with over sixty locations in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Texas. A family business based in Calgary, BURNCO produces high quality aggregates, paving asphalt and ready mix concrete and also operates a network of retail landscape centres. For more information, visit www.burnco.com.
About the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE
Few challenges are greater and more critical than ensuring access to clean, affordable and abundant energy. As the global energy supply remains primarily derived from fossil fuels – the leading contributor to climate change – the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE will challenge the world to reimagine what we can do with CO2 emissions by incentivizing and accelerating the development of technologies that convert CO2 from a liability into valuable products. For more information, visit carbon.xprize.org.