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CarbonCure CEO Rob Niven awarded the 2016 Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award

The CarbonCure technology, which has been installed in concrete plants across North America, has recently been recognized for a series of awards, including most recently the 2016 Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award. The Manning Awards annually recognizes Canadian innovation across multiple disciplines. CarbonCure CEO Robert Niven, an outdoor adventure enthusiast, proudly describes the evolution of CarbonCure in this video produced by the Manning Foundation:

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CarbonCure - SDTC Success Story

CarbonCure Technologies manufactures a retrofit carbon dioxide recycling technology for existing masonry and ready-mixed concrete plants. CarbonCure’s technology recycles CO<sub>2</sub>, reducing the carbon footprint of the concrete industry by creating affordable, greener and stronger concrete products. Using CarbonCure’s technology, concrete manufacturers are able to permanently store CO<sub>2</sub> in their concrete as solid limestone. The addition of CO<sub>2</sub> also potentially reduces the need for some energy-intensive components in the concrete, further reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Using CO2 in Masonry: An Opportunity to Make Every Block Count

Advances in technology are self-perpetuating —  conducting research and development inevitably leads to discoveries that propel innovation forward. CarbonCure Technologies is no stranger to this cycle. The company’s technology started when their CEO, Robert Niven, began researching the chemical reaction between carbon dioxide (CO2), cement and water while earning his master’s degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.


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CarbonCure equips Thomas Concrete to replace cement with recycled CO2

A breakthrough process for ready mixed gives John Cook, director of Technical Services at Atlanta’s Thomas Concrete, cause for enthusiasm this construction season. In late February, he and his team oversaw the installation of the CarbonCure Ready Mixed Technology at their Doraville, Ga. plant. They immediately began the process of lowering cementitious material content and dosing concrete mixes with carbon dioxide (CO<sub>2</sub>) gas using the CarbonCure injection system. Later in March, Cook and colleagues eagerly reviewed the 28-day strength data and confirmed: CO<sub>2</sub> may be used as a viable cement replacement.

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How can we reduce concrete's hefty carbon footprint?

A roomful of materials scientists, gathered at UCLA for a recent conference on “grand challenges in construction materials,” slowly passed a brick-size white block around the room. They held in their hands, briefly, part of the solution to one of those grand challenges. The white block, rock solid and surprisingly lightweight, was a new alternative to cement, the glue that holds together aggregate, or crushed rock, to make the world’s most ubiquitous building material: concrete.

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Argos showcases their commitment to innovation

Argos, a multinational cement and concrete producer, is among the latest group of concrete producers to sign a licensee agreement with CarbonCure. To get the word out at Argos about the partnership, CarbonCure was invited to present the technology to its headquarters in Colombia. Argos released a video of the innovation summit which featured CarbonCure. Check it out!

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