A World without Concrete and No CO2?

30  March 2016

 

A World without Concrete and No CO2

When you talk on your mobile phone, you create CO2. When you drive your car, eat your food, work, play, pretty much everything we do here in the west - creates CO2. More CO2, more climate change. Its an unfriendly cycle.

Here’s something brilliant, a recent work study at the UCLA might have found a solution to eliminate these greenhouse gases at source. They may just have found a way of capturing the carbon from the smokestack and using it to create a new material – something known as CO2NCRETE.

Let’s get something straight about concrete – it’s horrible. It looks nasty and is responsible for five per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. FIVE PERCENT.

But CO2 emissions are much worse when smokestacks based in power plants around the world they pump them out at a rate of knots. It is the emissions from these power plants that are number one of the list of shame when it comes to harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

CO2NCRETE is expected to be made from 3D printing machines, making the entire process a highly dynamic recycling innovation. What the scientists have done here is to turn something that is considered to be a nuisance and environmentally unfriendly (carbon dioxide) and turn it into something that is of great use and value (CO2NCRETE).

Guidance and public policy have already been submitted for the research and some of the world’s greatest scientific engineers have been contributing to the project. From professors in civil and environmental engineering to distinguished dons in biochemistry and chemistry, many of the planet’s greatest minds are here working on this solution.

The idea is to capture the carbon emissions from power plants (something that has already been done), store it (again, already achieved) and make it into a concrete substitute – (that’s the work in progress).

It is envisaged that CO2NCRETE will become a by-word for concrete’s replacement in the near future and one day, hopefully, we can forget about producing that brutalist nonsense we know as concrete, and consign it to the architectural bin.