CarbonCure installs deicing pad using low-carbon technology at Calgary airport

WCN Editorial Team 27 Jan 2020 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

CarbonCure Technologies, a Canada-based cleantech company, has completed the installation of a new deicing pad, the East Deicing Apron, at YYC Calgary International Airport using CarbonCure Concrete technology.

Over 25,000 cubic metres of CarbonCure concrete was used for the construction of the East Deicing Apron project, where 160 tonnes of carbon savings were realised, CarbonCure claimed. It is equivalent of 209 acres of forest absorbing the CO2 over the course of one year.

CarbonCure injected waste carbon dioxide (CO2) captured by industrial gas suppliers into concrete during mixing. The company used the technology to convert the gas into a mineral and will be permanently embedded within the concrete.

Every cubic metre of concrete made with the technology is touted to reduce an average of 16kg of carbon emissions, which means that the new technology could save nearly 120 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

The company said that the installation was completed in August and September 2019 and the first planes have started using the facility a few weeks ago.

CarbonCure founder and CEO Robert Niven said: “2019 was a record year for CarbonCure, as our producer partners' total production volume and the associated carbon savings nearly doubled from that of 2018.

“We are proud that a project based in Canada was such a large contributor to these milestones. This is yet another instance of CarbonCure concrete easily meeting rigorous performance standards, including the top-tier design and engineering standards required for airport paving.”

Calgary Airport Authority general counsel and risk and compliance vice president Carmelle Hunka said: “YYC Calgary International Airport is pleased to be a leader as the largest airport user to-date of CarbonCure in Canada. As YYC strives to be a leader in airport sustainability, we fully supported our airline partners in the decision to inject captured carbon into the new East Deicing Apron's concrete pavement.”

In May 2019, CarbonCure was selected by the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) to demonstrate the use of its concrete as a sustainable transportation initiative.

Initially, a test will be conducted on road for the Kapolei Interchange Phase 2 on Oahu Island, where 150 cubic yards of CarbonCure’s concrete mix will be poured next to an equal amount of standard concrete mix.

The carbon-injected concrete used for the testing was produced by Island Ready-Mix Concrete using waste carbon dioxide captured from Hawaii Gas, and distributed by Matheson Gas.

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Image: CarbonCure concrete poured at Calgary International Airport (Credit: CNW Group/CarbonCure Technologies)

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