Headed by Lord Adair Turner and Lord Nicholas Stern, the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) aims, "to accelerate change towards low-carbon energy systems that enable robust economic development and limit the rise in global temperature to well below 2˚C and as close as possible to 1.5˚C."
This is what the ETC's 2019 report stated about us:
"Cement is one of the most complex industries to decarbonize, requiring carbon capture and/or an entirely new chemistry. High Volume Pozzolan Cement (HVPC) can be manufactured blending traditional Portland clinker with pozzolan. It could be one of the most promising alternatives to substitute for conventional Portland cement.
Energetically Modified Cement (EMC) Technology developed by EMC cement provides an equal or enhanced product that contains 50% fly ash and 50% ordinary Portland cement. Fly ash is usually sourced today from power and industrial plants that burn coal, but, as the economy decarbonizes, it could in the future be produced from pozzolan, a volcanic rock, which may be available across all continents.
This technology was first developed in 2005 and has since been demonstrated at commercial scale, through different projects and applications that include, for instance, both State and Federal highways in the US. These first projects have confirmed the competitive cost structure, technical performance and compliance with materials standards of this new chemistry. Pozzolan cement can provide up to 70% decrease in CO2 emissions vs. conventional concrete."
Mission Possible sectoral focus: cement (2019)
We were not contacted at any stage during the making of this report, which is available here.
According to the Texas DOT, roads made with concrete using EMCs demonstrated a whopping 50% reduction in cracking as compared to traditional OPC pavement. How about that? Thank you TXDOT!
"Having in mind the drive for low-carbon and longer lasting concrete, both of which depend on replacement of OPC in the concrete…previous experiences between Webber and EMC were successful" Thank you Ferrovial!
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The picture above is Norwegian Cruise Line's Caribbean Princess berthed at the Houston Bayport Cruise Terminal, Texas, USA — all of which is built on EMCs, including the parking area for up to 800 cars. Thank you Houston!
Hence, we shall look at this installation in more detail, briefly below.
Houston's 96,000 sq-ft facility was designed for efficient passenger flow. The 12,500 sq-ft embarkation lounge could hold up to 55 check-in stations and seating for 600.
The 31,000 sq-ft luggage lay down area leads to the 5,000 sq-ft Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) area with 10 booths. After check-in, passengers moved to the second floor of the terminal to an elevated passenger gangway.
The terminal was designed to be a low profile, turquoise facility with an arched roof and emerald green glass throughout the structure to emulate the gentle waves of Galveston Bay. Modern and convenient, passenger access from parking and covered drop-off areas is immediately adjacent to the front of the terminal. The wide, unrestricted wharf allowed for quick loading of provisions aboard the ship.
Concretes made from EMCs deliver exceptional durability and especially with respect to chloride-ion attack, which, by comparison, can literally rot-away "normal concrete" in the space of years.
The Houston Bayport concrete installation will probably last for hundreds of years...
The 2021 picture above shows the enormity of the concete installation at the Houston Bayport project. As can be seen, no matter how impressive the passenger terminal pour (the terminal building can be seen with the blue roof), it was a fraction of the total concrete pour. And, from the blueprint-drawing below, the project envisaged an eventual area in excess of a square mile (2.5 sq-km., 260 hectares, 640 acres) requiring a total concrete pour of several million cubic meter/yards.
Above is a project blueprint from our archives and also an aerial photo taken mid-project. The full project has remained in suspension for over a decade. Plans published in 2019 evinced an intention to complete it.
By interposing the thick red line from the blueprint onto a 2021 satellite image, the scale of fully-intended project can be seen:
CO2 and energy savings! With an energy rating of on 133kWh, see how a cubic meter of concrete made with EMC Volcanics stacks up against regular concrete and how much CO2 is saved...
Texas' Katy Freeway (IH-10) comprises 26 lanes: a World record. The photo shows a section of that highway where EMCs have been used, over which millions of vehicles have used the structure 24x7 — through all weather extremes, day-in day-out since 2007.
More photos are available in our Gallery on our Resources page...
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