Periodic Reporting for period 1 - VirtuCrete (A new integrated process to valorise hazardous leaded glass from CRTs and transform it into highperformance geopolymer blocks - VirtuCrete)
Reporting period: 2015-07-01 to 2015-12-31
Virtus has sought to address the challenge of reducing CO2 emissions in concrete production by making VirtuCrete, a low carbon geopolymer concrete mix for use in giant interlocking concrete blocks. These blocks have many uses in various industries and the demand for them is growing.
Crucially, Virtus seek to produce VirtuCrete from as close to 100% recycled materials as possible. This includes the use of alternative alkali activators from waste streams using a novel low temperature method. VirtuCrete is designed to equal or outperform OPC concrete in all key performance characteristics and yet be available to the market at a price point that is commercially attractive.
The primary objective of the Phase 1 study was to investigate whether it was feasible to achieve the goals outlined above from all of the aspects required to make VirtuCrete blocks a technical and commercial success.
The socio-economic benefits will be manifold with upwards of 700,000 tonnes of waste per year avoiding landfill, instead becoming useful products and tens of thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide being saved from release into the atmosphere and the impacts that will have on global warming.