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New microbial carbonate precipitation technology for the production of high strength, economical and Ecological Cement

New microbial carbonate precipitation technology for the production of high strength, economical and Ecological Cement

Objective

About 5% of global carbon emissions originate from the manufacturing of cement.According to IEA,cement production generates an average world carbon emission of 0.81 kg CO2 per kg cement produced.Cement related emissions are expected to increase by 260% throughout the 1990‑2050period.As consequence,the global production of cement in 2030 is projected to grow to a level roughly 5 times higher than its level in 1990,with close to 5 billion tones worldwide.Emissions of the global cement sector alone are very likely to surpass the total amount of CO2 emissions of the EU before 2030.As well, Industrial waste is now global concern,causing environmental and economic harm.Industries are rapidly trying to find a solution,searching for optimal ways to manage waste and to change the most common practices as landfill or incineration.Industrial waste is very heavy burden for the environment,where a significant proportion of this industrial waste is attributable to construction and demolition waste.To mitigate these threats ECO-CEMENT will allow recovering valuable resources from industry,capturing CO2 and transforming both products into ecological cement that can be used in construction or novel environmental applications.Based on the nature’s way of creating natural formations through bacterial contribution to carbonate precipitation,the main objective of ECO-CEMENT is to develop a novel bio-mimetic technology for enzyme-based microbial carbonate precipitation through the revalorization of industrial waste as raw materials,in order to produce eco-efficient environmental cement.The Bio-mimetic Technology will convert industrial waste,mainly cement waste and others by-products,into high strength,ecological cement using microbial carbonate precipitation via urea hydrolysis.Internal studies suggest that the combined use of industrial waste and the implementation of Eco-Cement technology can reduce GHGE from cement manufacturing by up to 11 % and 20 % reduction of construction waste.
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Coordinator

ESSENTIUM GRUPO SL

Address

Avenida Quitapesares 11
28670 Villaviciosa De Odon

Spain

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 334 125

Administrative Contact

Juan Alvargonzalez Slater (Mr.)

Participants (5)

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FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 260 560,80

SOLINTEL M&P SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 230 400

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 234 409,85

NEAPOLIS UNIVERSITY

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 176 400

DELAP & WALLER ECOCO LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 362 400

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 282922

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2012

  • End date

    28 February 2015

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 138 511,05

  • EU contribution

    € 1 598 295,65

Coordinated by:

ESSENTIUM GRUPO SL

Spain