Inspired by Nature: Biocement

by | Oct 15, 2021 | Build, Business, Environment, Equipment, Featured Slider, Products, Safety, Technology

8% of the world’s carbon emissions come from one source.

That is more than every country on the planet, apart from the United States and China, and more than the carbon emissions from 170 million cars.

The culprit: cement.

It is in our homes, spread throughout our communities.

Concrete, of which cement is a key component, is the second-most consumed substance on earth after water.

Portland cement has been the primary cement product since the early 1800s.

Producers combine a mix of mined materials, largely crushed limestone, and heat them to incredibly high temperatures (roughly 1500 degrees Fahrenheit).

The heat extracts calcium oxide, which is then combined with silicates.

During that time, large amounts of carbon dioxide are released into the environment through the calcination process and combustion of fossil fuels.

Apart from the production process, manufacturing cement can cause damage to the areas where it is laid, through ecological disruption and erosion.

North Carolina-based Biomason is offering an alternative to Portland cement, called biocement. Biomason’s biocement technology uses carbon as a building block, combining carbon and calcium to create controlled, structural cement products in ambient temperatures.

Its patented process eliminates the need to emit carbon dioxide by mimicking the way coral grows in nature, harnessing carbon rather than emitting it as a byproduct.

Biomason uses biotechnology to recreate this natural process in under 72 hours; and its biocement products perform better than standard materials, including in compressive strength testing.

Biomason Co-Founder and CEO Ginger Krieg Dosier has said her childhood vacations to the ocean helped spark the ideas.. develop the research.

She was fascinated by the way sand, seashells, and coral formed. Dosier started developing the concept of “growing” cement more than a decade ago while teaching architecture at a university abroad.

She established Biomason in 2012 upon her return to the United States.

Since then, Dosier has built a team representing over 50 disciplines (from materials scientists to production associates), to expand biocement’s reach.

A former Vice President of Tesla even joined the team last year, helping lead the startup’s commercial offerings and accelerate distribution of biocement technology through manufacturing and licensing agreements.

It’s not going unnoticed.

This summer, Biomason announced a partnership with international retailer H&M Group to create a low-carbon flooring option for their stores, offices, and facilities.

The company also works with the US Department of Defense on developing novel applications of biocement technology. 

Biomason describes its technology as proactive rather than reactive.

Instead of working to simply limit the impact of traditional cement production, Biomason recreated the entire process.

It plans to continue scaling the biocement technology platform and growing licensing partnerships around the world. 

The goal — remove 25% of carbon emissions from the global concrete industry by 2030.

Biomason®, Inc. | PO Box 110345 Durham, NC 27709 | |


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