UK CAER Creates Sustainable Cements and Concrete

Concrete is everywhere. 

Concrete is the most widely used man-made material on earth, second only to water as the most-consumed resource on the planet.

Cement manufacturing is also the source of 8% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions.

Our team at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research is leading the charge to develop longer-lasting and environmentally friendly cements and concrete. 

Under this ARPA-E program, we are teaming with Designs by Natural Processing, Sandia National Laboratory, and Titan America to fast-track commercial development of low-carbon, low-energy belite-rich cement for roads, buildings, and bridges that could last 200 or more years without requiring significant repairs. 

Our novel BCSA cement, created thanks to support from ARPA-E, shows three amazing traits in testing and development: 

  • Extremely durable, with 3x the service life
  • Less energy to manufacture
  • Reduction in CO2 emissions of 57%

So far, our team has demonstrated performance and manufacturing scalability under this program.

We are seeking a project partner to  scale and implement this cement in a new building project.  Please contact me if you would like to discuss how we can work together to make BCSA concrete a game-changer for the construction industry.

To learn more about this project, check out this article on UKNow!

Kevin Puckett

Kevin is a Senior Communicatons Officer at UK CAER and statewide for KY NSF EPSCoR, specializing in brand strategy, graphic design, and motion design, while also embracing social media marketing, story mining / journalism, and event planning. A freelance designer for 12 years, he also serves as an active member of No Trademark Lexington, a think-tank for Lexington creative professionals.

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