Monday, January 27, 2020

Solidia Technologies - We Create High-Performance Cement and Concrete From Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Can you imagine a world where Sustainability in Cement and Concrete production is Business as Usual?

Global demand for cement and concrete is growing exponentially, and it is second only to the demand for water. The concrete industry is global and local at the same time - most concrete is used within a 250 mile radius of where it is produced, with locally-found raw materials.

Cement and concrete are as old as civilization, and they have been crucial to its development. Historically, the world has gone through three concrete evolutionary stages:

I. Neolithic – around 4000 BC, concrete was first used for shelter
II. Roman Times – concrete was used to build roads, bridges etc.
III. Industrial Age – Ordinary Portland Cement was developed in the early-19th century
Next: Solidia – the digital era of sustainability

Cement and concrete are often seen as synonyms, but they are two different materials - cement is the ‘glue’ used to make concrete.

Cement and concrete production methods have been largely unchanged since the mid-19th century, and the industry still has a significant environmental footprint - especially in terms of CO2 emissions and energy and water use.

For every ton of cement produced, a ton of CO2 is released into the atmosphere - making the concrete industry responsible for 5-7% of total global carbon emissions and up to half of industrial energy use in emerging nations. On top of that, 3 trillion liters of fresh water are used for concrete production every year.

Carbon pollution, energy use, water scarcity, and solid waste management rank right at the top of humanity’s challenges for this century. Population growth and increased urbanization are making them harder and harder to overcome.

Meanwhile, few solutions have a wide enough impact to reverse these challenges quickly, and few markets are large enough to trigger a long-lasting, global shift.

However, some markets may indeed be large enough - market size of the global concrete industry is $1 trillion, while the cement industry itself represents a $300 billion market.

Solidia is an important part of the answer to these urgent business, societal, and environmental needs, while providing new profitable avenues for an industry that hasn’t had new tools to enable change in almost 200 years.

Solidia disrupts without being disruptive and will spearhead the industry’s transition to a future where sustainability is of central importance to businesses in the 21st century and beyond.

Solidia is going to spearhead planet-wide disruption, showing that sustainability must be of central importance to businesses and industries in the 21st century and beyond.

The right sustainable solutions will increase profits, making businesses more successful, and ensuring their survival in the long run.

With Solidia, concrete will enter its fourth evolutionary stage - the digital era of sustainability. Making sustainability business as usual.


Solidia is a cement and concrete technology company, offering patented green solutions that make it easy and profitable to use CO2 to create superior, sustainable building materials. The technology has the potential to eliminate a minimum of 1.5 gigatonnes of CO2 each year.

Solidia provides two core technologies:

1) A sustainable cement manufacturing technology, which can be produced in traditional cement kilns using less energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions during manufacture by 30-40%

2) A sustainable concrete curing technology, curing concrete with CO2 instead of water, permanently and safely consuming 240 kg of CO2, and potentially saving 3 trillion liters of fresh water every year.

Solidia Cement has been successfully produced on 2 continents, and Solidia Concrete has been successfully demonstrated in over 50 concrete manufacturing facilities in 10 countries worldwide.

Moreover, Solidia introduces Artificial Intelligence into concrete production thanks to its intelligent curing process - reducing waste, improving quality control and system optimization, ultimately ushering one of the world’s oldest industries into the digital age.

Solidia’s technologies address the carbon challenge from both ends - first, reducing CO2 emissions in the production of Solidia Cement, and second, utilizing and consuming CO2, permanently turning it into calcium carbonate in the production of Solidia Concrete.

Solidia Cement:
  • reduces CO2 emissions
  • requires less energy
  • makes more cement with less raw materials
  • is whiter
CO2-cured concrete products:
  • are higher performing
  • cost less to produce
  • cure in less than 24 hours (opposed to 28 days required for traditional concrete)
Moreover, up to 100% of fresh water used during concrete manufacturing can be recovered.

These higher-performing products allow manufacturers to save time, money, and water - while using existing infrastructure, raw materials, production methods and specifications.

As a result, Solidia turns sustainable solutions into smart business.

Unlike most carbon reduction technologies, Solidia’s target markets - the $1 trillion global concrete and $300 billion global cement markets - are large enough to make a fast impact on the reduction of carbon emissions.

Each year, Solidia has the potential to eliminate at least 1.5 gigatonnes of CO2, save 3 trillion liters of fresh water, reduce energy consumption by as much as 260 million oil barrels (or 67 million tonnes of coal), and eliminate 100 million tonnes of concrete landfill - offering a rapid, globally scalable response to some of the greatest environmental threats the planet is currently facing.

Solidia’s broad adoption would help cement manufacturers meet or exceed the industry’s carbon reduction goals, as stated in the Cement Sustainability Initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA).

Solidia adds value, and it is a smart business solution. It is also especially attractive to cement manufacturers and other CO2 emitters - Solidia’s technology will help them mitigate carbon taxes as ever-stringent CO2 regulations are enforced


Solidia takes a giant step that leaves a small footprint.

Solidia’s broad global adoption would:
  • lower concrete’s carbon footprint by up to 70% - equal to 1.5 gigatonnes per year, or 4% of global CO2 emissions;
  • dramatically reduce water usage in concrete manfacturing, saving up to 3 trillion liters of freshwater a year, enough to fill one million Olympic swimming pools;
  • reduce cement plant energy consumption by approximately 260 million oil barrels, or 67 million tonnes of coal;
  • avoid almost 100 million tonnes of concrete in landfills; and,
  • cut mercury, nitrogen oxide, and sulphur oxide emissions in half.
Solidia also creates value for CO2, turning it from global issue to valuable commodity. Over a 5-year period, Solidia’s need for CO2 will more than double the existing market for CO2.

Specific Benefits of Solidia Concrete for Manufacturers
  • It leverages the same manufacturing, process, equipment, and raw materials.
  • It is adaptable to existing production lines.
  • It doesn’t consume water, instead curing with CO2.
  • It saves time - Solidia Concrete cures in a single day as opposed to the 28 days required for OPC to reach full strength.
  • It performs better and is more durable than traditional concrete.
  • It offers a broader, more vibrant color palette.
  • It enables just-in-time production and delivery.
Superior Products
  • 28-day strength in 24 hours.
  • No primary efflorescence.
  • Increased durability.
  • Its lighter color makes it a perfect replacement for white cement.
  • Wider, more durable color palette.
Improved Process
  • Rapid (24-hour vs. 28-day), intelligent curing.
  • Greater color and quality consistency.
  • Reduced inventory requirement (due to faster cure time).
  • Almost 100% green material waste recycle.
Solidia offers turnkey solutions by aligning the cement, CO2, and equipment partners, easily integrating its technologies into existing business practices.


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