New tech mimics nature to get concrete from CO2

Aug 28, 2017, 8:15 AM EDT
(Source: Carbon Visuals/flickr)
(Source: Carbon Visuals/flickr)

An Australian firm, Mineral Carbon International (MCI), has developed a new technology that mimics and speeds up the natural process of weathering by rainfall, thus converting CO2 emissions from the environment into eco-friendly building materials.

The company, running a pilot facility since 2016, plans to consume about 20,000 to 50,000 tonnes of CO2 to produce “green” bonded material by 2020, writes The Guardian.

MCI CEO Marcus Dawe says the technology presents a solution for decarbonizing industries like cement, steel, and chemical production although experts believe the process must be combined with several others to make any impact on 36 billion tonnes of CO2 per annum released from use of fossil fuels, notes Inhabitat.