A UCLA team led by Gaurav Sant (Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering) is among 47 groups competing to win $7.5 million in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE contest. Their aim is to profitably convert carbon dioxide emissions to “CO2NCRETE,” a 3D-printed building material which recycles CO2 emissions into raw material usable for construction. “CO2NCRETE” produces only half as much carbon dioxide emission as typical concrete production. As part of the XPRIZE competition, Sant and his team must demonstrate the technical and business viability of their idea, simulate results using flue gas in a lab, and ultimately test their product using real emissions from a coal-fired power plant in Wyoming or a gas-fired power plant in Alberta. The winners of the competition will be announced in March 2020.
Source: Cooking oil, graphene among CO2 capture prize entry ideas AP The Big Story, 27 July 2016
Additional coverage about CO2NCRETE and the Carbon Upcycling team:
UCLA research team developing efficient, recycled concrete material Daily Bruin, 4 July 2016