Carbon to Concrete

 

Most environmental concerns are with the air that we breath and all the floating CO2 emissions in it. Heavy traffic, coal power plants and factories produce CO2 emissions. As the years go by more and more people are concerned with the CO2 buildup within our atmosphere.

CO2 emissions not only fill the air we breathe but eat away the ozone while turning up the temperature in humanity’s bubble (Earth).

Why hasn’t humanity done a thing about this crisis? Who will stop or at least hinder this atmospheric problem before it worsens?

Lucky for mankind, one group of people are working hard to tackle the issue of CO2 emissions. The name of the group happens to be a company named, Calera Corp.

Calera Corp., addressed humanity’s problem, and found a way to channel this problem into something useful. Building materials, hits the list of necessities for an expanding society. “Concrete is the most popular building material in the world,” Shara Tonn of Wired Magazine wrote. With a progressing civilization like ours concrete grows more in demand.

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Downtown Tucson, AZ : By Thomas Jewel

Calera Corp. discovered how to convert CO2 into concrete. Remarkable, a company turns flexible gas into a solid slab of concrete?

Calera Corp. gained the genius concept from the process of coral forming. Oceans naturally suck up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, once the carbon dioxide enters the water it dissolves into carbonate.

The coral combines calcium with carbonate (called calcium carbonate) to form its skeleton, a sturdy structure for the coral to live in/on.

Calera Corp. learned to mimic this process to create concrete. “Calera’s process removes CO2 from emitting sources by converting the gas into a solid form of calcium carbonate,” Calera Corp. wrote. Calcium carbonate, a powder, mixes with the cement batch to create the concrete.

Thanks to Calera Corp. the planet can last a little longer while supporting the growth of society. Another achievement in the balance between man and environment, thanks to Calera Corp.

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Thatcher, AZ : By Thomas Jewel 

 

 

If you would like to learn more about Calera Corporation, visit their site: http://www.calera.com/beneficial-reuse-of-co2/science.html

You can also visit Wired Magazine to learn more about the Calera process:

https://www.wired.com/2015/09/think-like-tree-new-kind-eco-friendly-concrete-inspired-coral/

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Birth of the Machine

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By Thomas Jewel

One thing about society’s focus, it’s shifting, instead of looking only at the green growing in bank accounts people, industries and governments are refocusing on maintaining the green of this world. Whether through green energy from big wind turbines of the Midwest or the electric cars filling the streets, the green mindset has definitely arrived!

The point of this blog will be to educate readers and spot light the newest things pertaining to the green mindset. Some may ask, “Why should we know about things going green?” First things first, it’s crucial for individuals to understand things going on around them. Second, not only do things pertaining to the word green effect only plants or animals. Even though it may seem that this world’s health has minimal effect upon mankind, its roots are in everything. Just some of effects range from agricultural health to even a company’s stock value. ‘Green Machine’(this blog) desires to feed peoples’ understanding of green achievements while promoting awareness of the importance of maintaining our world. Each post will attempt to reach this goal by introducing green tech, architecture, foods, laws, lifestyles and anything that promotes keeping our little blue planet from turning brown. The purpose of the blog isn’t to convince its audience to avoid shaving legs or skipping showers to conserve resources, but if readers feel the need go right ahead. As previously stated, the purpose of the ‘Green Machine’ will be to present any new things effecting green tech, law, architecture and etc.

Every week expect a new post covering a green event, achievement or discovery. There will definitely be plenty of opinions and views shared in each post with the covered topic. Worry not for there will be plenty of actual facts and sources so the readers may draw their own conclusion of the posted topics. This will be an exciting new beginning for the ‘Green Machine’ and hopefully for all the readers interested about the things going green!