Issue: Carbon pollution, water scarcity, energy use and solid waste rank among humanity’s most dire global challenges. Few solutions have enough impact to reverse them fast enough, and few single markets are large enough to make a meaningful impact.
Concrete is the most widely used material in the world. The production of cement, which is used to make concrete, is responsible for 5-7% of total global carbon emissions, ranking it as the world’s 2nd largest CO2 emitter. For every tonne of cement produced, a tonne of CO2 is released into the atmosphere. Additionally, each year, 3 trillion liters of fresh water are consumed during concrete production. With rapid urbanization and population growth across the world, concrete demand is expected to grow.
The world needs a solution. Solidia has a viable one…a giant step that leaves a small footprint.
Impact: At scale, each year Solidia’s technologies will be able to reduce:
- the carbon footprint of concrete by up to 70%, equaling 1.5 gigatonnes or ~4% of the world’s CO2 emissions, with the potential to do more;
- water usage up to 100%, avoiding the consumption of 3 trillion gallons of fresh water…enough to fill 1 million Olympic swimming pools;
- energy consumption at cement plants equal to ~260 million barrels of oil/year (or 67 million tonnes of coal); and
- landfills by eliminating at least 100 million tonnes of concrete waste,
- …while transforming CO2 into a valuable commodity.
Market: Cement is a crucial raw material in the production of concrete: 4 billion tons are produced globally per year. Concrete is the 2nd most utilized substance on the planet after water: approximately 33 billion tons are produced globally per year. The combined market value of cement and concrete worldwide is US$1.3 trillion.
Easy to adopt anywhere in the world, Solidia’s technologies produce a sustainable cement and cure concrete with CO2 instead of water, while utilizing manufacturers’ existing infrastructure, raw materials, formulations, production methods and specifications. Currently in commercialization, Solidia creates value along the entire global supply chain.
Smart Business: Stronger, more durable and higher performing than traditional concrete, Solidia Concrete™ products cost less to produce, reduce water and energy use, and cure in less than 24 hours.
By introducing Artificial Intelligence into concrete production, we are also bringing one of the world’s oldest industries into the 21st century. Plus, within 5 years, Solidia’s need for CO2 will more than double the existing CO2 market.
We address an urgent societal need by making sustainable innovation smart business for one of the world’s largest industries.