C-Crete Technologies has been awarded $1.55 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to create, develop, and fabricate carbon-based building materials, and utilize them to make a prototype building. The best goal would be to create eco-friendly, modular structures that may economically be manufactured.
“The benefit of using carbon ore as a building material is that it’s naturally occurring and accessible, and therefore doesn’t require high levels of energy to manufacture,” said Dr. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, founder and president of C- Crete Technologies , a ongoing company focusing on advanced materials for the building and energy industries.
The prototype building would be the size of a genuine room. Its component materials will be at the very least 70 percent carbon by weight. C-Crete’s research and development includes the production and testing of an adequate amount of carbon-ore materials to make sure that the materials found in the prototype are ideal for real-world construction purposes and meet all applicable building codes, such as for example those for fire, strength, along with other material properties.
After the basic building shell has been constructed – walls, roof and a partial foundation – C-Crete shall test the assembled materials under stress conditions to show viability, and show that the brand new carbon-based materials could be fastened, bonded, or integrated with traditional building materials otherwise.
Further benefits of the new materials, in accordance with Dr. Shahsavari, includes flexural strength, thermal stability, and the capability to withstand water damage along with other natural method of degradation. They could be non-graphitic or graphitic, and used to create roofing tiles, bricks, beams, columns, wraps, and veneers, for instance.
“Our proprietary low-cost and green process converts carbon ore to some value-added structural materials, demonstrating the financial and technical feasibility of fabricating modular carbon-based buildings,” Dr. Shahsavari explained.
“Because of the existing quest in the construction industry to shorten the construction timeframe, offer low-cost options, and produce minimal waste, the capability to create modular building materials predicated on abundant carbon ore has an interesting alternative to the usage of common construction materials,” said Negar Rajabi, the tech-to-market lead of C-Crete Technologies. “Furthermore, this plan doesn’t have the large CO2 footprint inherent to the chemistry of traditional construction materials like cement. Our process offers a clean transformation of the very abundant ores into eco-friendly building materials.”