U.S. Department of Energy Awards C-Crete $1 Million to Accelerate the Company’s Innovative Work in Cement-Free Concrete

U.S. Department of Energy Awards C-Crete Technologies Nearly $1 Million to Accelerate the Company’s Innovative Work in Cement-Free Concrete

C-Crete will use locally available materials to make its cement-free concrete more accessible, eliminating the need for shipping

SAN LEANDRO, Calif., Sept. 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ – The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded C-Crete Technologies $950,000 to expand the types of materials it can use to make its revolutionary cement-free concrete. The use of locally available feedstocks will eliminate the need for long-distance shipping, allowing the company to further decrease carbon-dioxide emissions associated with its already exceptionally eco-friendly concrete.

The DOE funding follows on the heels of C-Crete’s announcement in July that its innovative cement-free concrete had its inaugural pour in Seattle, where it was used in the foundation and shear wall of a seismic retrofit for an historic brick building. The cement-free concrete is a sustainable alternative to Portland cement that produces almost no CO2 in its manufacturing and actually absorbs CO2 from the air over time.

Ordinary Portland cement accounts for about 8 percent of the total CO2 emissions worldwide. Each ton of C-Crete’s cement-free binder used instead would eliminate around 1 ton of CO2 emissions. The new award from the DOE will enable C-Crete to further advance its patented technology by exploring and converting more abundant and eco-friendly feedstocks into its binders. This expansion aligns perfectly with C-Crete’s mission to address the challenges of climate change by manufacturing superior concrete materials with ultra-low or negative CO2 footprints that meet or exceed industry standards for most residential, commercial and infrastructure concrete applications.

“By enlarging our technology toolbox to utilize geographically versatile and abundant feedstocks, we can ensure that local materials can be converted to cementitious binders, eliminating the need for shipping such materials over long distances,” said Rouzbeh Savary, Ph.D., founder and president of C-Crete Technologies. “In this way, architects, general contractors, local ready-mix companies and end users can simply utilize local feedstocks and materials in their construction projects, accelerating the move towards net zero emissions in construction.”

About: C-Crete Technologies is a leading materials science company committed to inventing, building and scaling up the next generation of infrastructure materials with ultra-low or negative CO2 footprints. With a relentless focus on environmental stewardship and technological innovation, C-Crete aims to address the global challenges of climate change while delivering superior infrastructure materials at scale.

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