Scientists at Blue World Crete, Inc. have announced this week their newest discovery of a geo-polymer binding agent for cement. This geo-polymer cement is a complete low carbon footprint alternative to Portland cement. It looks like, acts like, works like Portland cement (OPC), and can be distributed in the same way with the same equipment as OPC, at a fraction of the manufacturing cost.
This new discovery is a one-part system that only requires a simple paddle mixing of its powdered chemical formula at ambient temperatures. No heat is required in its manufacturing process; it is not dependent on fossil fuels or large kilns for its manufacturing process, as is required in the case of OPC. Yet its delivery system remains the same as OPC and the product itself results in a high performance concrete, 10 000 psi and over. It is water retardant, acid retardant, discourages the oxidation of rebar, and has a near zero coefficient of expansion, which makes it excellent in below freezing temperatures as well as tropical regions of the world. It does not transfer heat very well, which makes for great insulating properties – and best of all, it is made of post-industrial waste materials.
The Florida based scientists announced that this newest product, Geo-Blue Crete II, is less dependent on water in its concrete mix and can reach much greater compression and tensile strengths than their original product line. The original product, Geo-Blue Crete, had its first commercial success during the filming of a nationally distributed television documentary, "Zero Energy America". This project, headed by Mark Rutenberg, a premier luxury home designer in South Florida, successfully demonstrated the commercial use of Geo-Blue Crete as an alternative to Portland cement in the construction of luxury residential homes.
Ready Mix concrete manufacturers in Ohio and Dubai have put Geo-Blue Crete through multiple commercial application tests. Now, with the advent of a low hydrated geo-polymer cement product Geo-Blue Crete II is no longer dependent on a recipe of manufactured chemical mix- products, but rather totally independent and reliant only on a generic chemical formulation, thus, the final step in the commercialisation of the Geo-Blue Crete II product has been achieved.
Art Galietti, Chief Operating Officer of the company has reported: "our science has changed to reflect the need to control the price to the end user. We expect that our Geo-Blue Crete II product line will cost about 10% – 15% less than OPC to the end user". When asked what is next for the research and development group, Mr. Galietti indicated that the company is looking for manufacturers and distributors worldwide. He indicated that the business plan calls for exclusive licensing for manufacturers in different areas of the world. The company will supply this newly formulated catalyst as a raw material to exclusive manufacturers worldwide.
Mr. Galietti has indicated that the product can be manufactured in portable plants, which cost about 1/10th of the capital outlay for an equivalent OPC manufacturing plant. He added that this low cost/high performance concrete geo-polymer not only exhibits resistance to water, salt and acid, as opposed to OPC; but additionally, has high tensile strength as well as high compression strength. He states, "Geo-Blue Crete II provides a solution to our need for an economically "green alternative" to Portland cement while also providing a high performance solution for engineers and architects. We are about to enter into a new paradigm shift in construction materials."
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