Industry leaders team up in global challenge to convert carbon dioxide into valuable products
Team CarbonCure, led by clean technology developer CarbonCure Technologies, has been selected as a semi-finalist in the global NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE competition.
The team consists of Sustainable Energy Solutions (SES), Praxair, Inc., Argos, BURNCO Rock Products and several leading engineering and architectural firms, with additional carbon capture expertise provided by Southern Company. The team is one of 27 semi-finalists from around the world vying for their share of the $20 million prize.
Members of Team CarbonCure meet at the National Carbon Capture Center in Wilsonville, Alabama. From left: John Northington, Godwin Amekuedi, Kevin Cail, Abdul-Aziz Rashad, John Kline, Jennifer Wagner, Ryan Norton, Robert Niven, Patrick Norton, Richard Esposito, Frank Morton and Kyler Stitt.
Team CarbonCure is competing in the XPRIZE challenge to demonstrate that its solution is the most cost-effective, highest-impact and most scalable solution available today to recycle carbon dioxide (CO2) to make better building materials. 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 will be hosting demonstrations of its CO2-utilization technology in Alabama, Georgia, Wyoming, and Alberta over the next four years.
In addition to showcasing CarbonCure’s CO2-utilization technology, the project will feature several other innovative elements, including the demonstration of Sustainable Energy Solutions’ (SES) CO2-capture technology at a cement plant. The CO2 captured will then be sequestered into ready-mixed concrete produced at Argos’ concrete plants in the Atlanta region. In later rounds of the competition, CO2 will be collected from a natural gas plant in Alberta, and sequestered into concrete produced at BURNCO’s main Calgary, Alberta plant.
Southern Company will provide CO2 capture expertise on scale-up of the technology with the National Carbon Capture Center, which Southern Company manages and operates for the U.S. Department of Energy in Wilsonville, Alabama, serving as a host site, pending DOE approval.
Hosting both the capture and utilization technologies, Argos is a key partner in the project. “Argos is excited about joining CarbonCure’s XPRIZE team, as the challenge aligns well with our vision of promoting innovation and sustainability in the cement and concrete sectors,” says Lucas Moreno, VP of Innovation at Argos.
Coinciding with the XPRIZE semi-finalist announcement, Alberta concrete producer BURNCO Rock Products is also announcing that it has partnered with CarbonCure to provide low-carbon concrete products to the Calgary construction market. “Albertans are becoming increasingly concerned with finding solutions to mitigate carbon emissions,” says Norm Kuntz, Calgary District Manager at BURNCO. “We are proud to contribute towards a solution to carbon, while providing Albertans with the highest quality concrete.”
Praxair, Inc., a leading global industrial gas company, will provide CO2 distribution services throughout the project. According to Praxair’s Global Market Director, Abdul-Aziz Rashad, the company joined CarbonCure’s team because it sees a growing demand for CO2 applications. "Praxair's mission is making our planet more productive and joining this team was a great way to support that mission. CarbonCure's technology provides better building materials while reducing CO2 that would otherwise enter the atmosphere, a true win-win situation. As a leading supplier of captured and purified CO2 for numerous industrial applications, Praxair supports CarbonCure’s vision of developing economically beneficial uses for CO2.”
The team is also partnering with leading architects and structural engineers in the Atlanta and Calgary regions, including Walter P. Moore Structural Engineers, Uzun + Case Structural Engineers, LS3P Architects, Read Jones Christoffersen Consulting Engineers, and DIALOG.
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.
Sustainable Energy Solutions (SES) has been developing its patented Cryogenic Carbon Capture™ (CCC) process since its founding in 2008. The CCC process is a low-cost, low energy, easily retrofitted technology that can simultaneously capture CO2 from fossil fuels and industrial processes while providing grid-scale energy storage to reduce peak power demand and enable better use of renewables on the grid. For more information, visit www.SESinnovation.com.
Cementos Argos S.A. (OTCMKTS: CMTOY US and CMTRY US), catalogued at Construction Materials Industry Leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, is a Colombia-based company engaged in the production of cement, aggregates and concrete products. The company operates cement and concrete production plants located throughout Colombia, Central America, the Caribbean and the United States. The Argos USA operation includes more than 300 ready mix plants, four cement plants, three grinding facilities, and 20 cement terminals, located throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. For more information, visit Argos.co or Argos-US.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 Praxair, Inc.
Praxair, Inc., is a Fortune 300 company with 2015 sales of $11 billion, is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others. For more information, visit www.praxair.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.
NRG is leading customer-driven change in the U.S. energy industry by delivering cleaner and smarter energy choices, while building on the strength of the nation’s largest and most diverse competitive power portfolio. More information is available at www.nrg.com. COSIA (Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance) is an alliance of 13 oil sands producers, representing 90 percent of production from the Canadian oil sands, focused on collaborative action and innovation in the areas of greenhouse gases, land, tailings and water. For more information, visit www.cosia.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Wagner, VP Sustainability
Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 19, 2016