Turning Carbon Dioxide into CO2NCRETE™
To avoid catastrophic climate change, the world needs cleaner energy and CO2-neutral building materials. UCLA’s team is on the path to create just that.
Finding a large scale beneficial use for waste carbon dioxide. UCLA’s breakthrough technology first captures CO2 from power plant smokestacks. Then, the captured CO2 is “trapped” to produce a new type of CO2-neutral building material that can be used like cement.
By removing CO2 from power plant smokestacks this technology reduces the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions. By creating a CO2-neutral building material it also displaces cement, which is one of the largest industrial sources of emissions, responsible for approximately 5% of global CO2. Once commercialized, this technology offers a much lower-CO2 emissions trajectory for the construction and power sectors across the globe while promoting environmentally sustainable growth.