Pilot at Patio Drummond will lead to market availability of the world’s first carbon-negative concrete blocks
Montreal, December 20, 2021 – CarbiCrete announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Patio Drummond to run a commercial pilot project set to begin at the beginning of 2022.
CarbiCrete’s carbon-negative process for the production of precast concrete replaces cement in concrete with industrial by-products and cures it with carbon dioxide, avoiding the GHG emissions associated with cement production, while permanently sequestering CO2 within the resulting concrete products. For every tonne of concrete produced using this process, 150 kg of CO2 are abated/removed.
CarbiCrete is moving quickly toward its commercial launch with concrete masonry units (CMUs) produced at Patio Drummond slated to hit the market in the summer of 2022. The project will see the installation of two commercial-scale CO2 absorption chambers at Patio Drummond’s plant in Drummondville, Quebec that will yield 2,400 CMUs per day. These will be the world’s first commercially-available carbon-negative concrete blocks.
“We are thrilled to work with Patio Drummond on this important step in bringing our carbon-negative technology to market,” says CarbiCrete CEO, Chris Stern. “They have been key partners in helping us scale this innovative process which has the potential to make a significant contribution to decarbonizing the production of the world’s most consumed man-made substance.”
The commercial pilot is a scale-up of a demonstration project that CarbiCrete ran at Patio Drummond in 2021. Upon completion of this phase, the companies will ramp up production to 25,000 CMUs per day in 2023. Funding for the scale-up is being provided in large part by Transition Énergétique Québec’s (TEQ) Technoclimat program and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).
Patio Drummond Co-Owner, Philipe Girardin says the continued collaboration with CarbiCrete is a demonstration of Patio Drummond’s commitment to providing their customers with affordable and sustainable construction products.
“The process worked on our first trial run, and with the results that we’ve seen, we intend to convert our entire line-up of drycast products to CarbiCrete technology,” he says.
“We know that customers are looking for sustainable building materials, and we want to be the first ones to offer a carbon-negative concrete product.” says Girardin. “With this scale-up in production, we are on the verge of positioning Quebec as a world leader in sustainable concrete.”
In addition to creating construction products that will contribute to the decarbonization of the built environment, Stern says that the implementation of CarbiCrete’s fully carbon-negative technology will generate valuable carbon offset credits that will be available to companies looking to meet their carbon reduction targets.
In August of 2021, CarbiCrete sold 75 tonnes of blended abatement and removal credits that will be generated by the pilot to Spin, the micromobility subsidiary of Ford Motor Company.
CarbiCrete is a Montreal-based carbon removal technology company developing innovative, low-cost building solutions that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Carbicrete’s breakthrough patented technology enables the production of cement-free, carbon-negative concrete made with industrial by-products and captured carbon dioxide. For every ton of concrete produced using the CarbiCrete process, 150 kg of CO2 are abated/removed. Carbicrete.com
About Patio Drummond
Patio Drummond is a leader in the production of pavers, patio slabs, retaining walls, steps, and borders, as well as standard and custom-made products for the commercial and residential markets. Its team of more than 120 people serves a clientele of renovation centres, general contractors, landscaping professionals, municipalities and government ministries in Quebec, Ontario and the United States. Patiodrummond.com