Use of historical industrial by-products and waste from the chemical industry to produce carbon-negative cement.


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The Mevocrete project has received funding from UKRI as part of the Transforming Foundation Industries Challenge

Project Summary

Concrete's main carbon emitter is Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) which equates to around 5% of the world's CO2 emissions. In 2019, production plants in Britain produced over 9 million tonnes of cement, equating to over 700 million tonnes of CO2 (Barcelo, 2020). The “Mevocrete” project aims to develop and scale carbon-negative cement.

There is a supply of by-products from the steel industry which have historically been sent to landfill due to lack of knowledge, popular alternatives, and unfamiliarity. The project incorporates the entire supply-chain to examine and develop a geopolymer cement at industrial scale, made using by-products from the steel and chemicals industries.

Following previous research between Material Evolution and Celsa UK, this project builds on Material Evolution’s patented technology, combining these wastes and by-products to develop and scale carbon-negative concrete.

Dates - September 2022 – August 2024

Sponsor - Innovate UK

Project Value - £7.6m

Funding - £3.1m