Waste-to-Energy (WTE)-Derived Low-Carbon-Footprint Concrete (LCFC)

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New Brunswick, New Jersey
Project Term:
09/30/2021 - 03/29/2024

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Rutgers University (RU) aims to produce concrete from incinerator ash and concrete rubble (CR). RU will use its proprietary low-cost technology to create a low carbon footprint concrete. Assuming only electricity for crushing and milling, CR contributes a 5% carbon footprint to an adaptive cement that can be cured one of two different ways. Curing with CO2 will create a -5% carbon-negative carbonate-cement-concrete. Curing with water will create a +6% carbon footprint hydraulic concrete. Both sustainable technologies exact a reduction of 90+% for CO2 emissions and 100% for fossil fuel use. This program will bring cement production capability to states lacking cement mills, reducing CO2 emissions and freeing landfills of CR and WTE-ash.


ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Douglas Wicks
Project Contact:
Dr. Richard Riman
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