Dr. Constantz is the inventor on over 100 issued US patents, with over 100 more currently pending. New technologies are one of our greatest tools in reversing course on our continued path of climate change. This also reduces the concrete industry's own environmental impact. Most carbon reduction schemes are not permanent and instead allow the captured CO2 to re-enter the atmosphere at some point. Sign up for Bioenergy International’s newsletter for free, Bioenergy International, Kammakargatan 22, SE-111 40, Stockholm. The process also creates upcycled concrete aggregate as a by-product, reducing the need to further mine the environment and consume aggregates. KDC Ag -- December 5th, 2019 Blue Planet, the developers of a carbon negative, closed loop concrete process has officially partnered with Kamine Development Corporation ("KDC") Sustainable Infrastructure, a family run business, that is dedicated to building scalable infrastructure to solve the critical challenge of climate change and improve sustainability globally. “If replicated globally in 5,000 cities, just this one small plant can take out five-and-a-half billion tons of CO2.” CO2 sources include flue gases from bioenergy plants, natural gas and coal-fired power plants, steel mills, cement plants, and refineries, as well as directly from the atmosphere – direct air capture (DAC). According to Blue Planet, its proprietary process creates synthetic limestone (CaCO3) sand and gravel that can be used to make carbon neutral and carbon negative concrete, with the same structural integrity of conventional concrete. So you don’t need to go to government for a subsidy or invoke a tax or tariff to do it.”. Part 3 - Earth: The Blue Planet Evolving Planets . A cleantech startup company located in Los Gatos, California (CA), Blue Planet Systems is developing technology, products, and services related to economically sustainable carbon capture and mineralization, whereby carbon dioxide (CO2) is permanently sequestered in building materials for beneficial reuse, specifically as aggregate for concrete. In the United States (US), Blue Planet Systems Corporation, a Silicon Valley company that has developed proprietary carbon capture and mineralization (CCM) system that it says permanently removes carbon dioxide (CO2), is economically viable and can be deployed at gigatonne (GT) scale. Blue Planet’s limestone, created using emissions collected from the Moss Landing Power Plant on Monterey Bay and other sources, has already been added to … They then use it as a raw material for making synthetic limestone, which can be used to make concrete for roads, bridges, and buildings. The plants can be financed, owned, and operated under well-established project financing structures without subsidies. Blue Planet’s materials have already been used as part of a new terminal at the San Francisco Airport. ', Scientists honing new ways to measure a city's carbon footprint. New processes and scalable systems like theirs are instrumental components of reducing the impact we have on our planet, said investor and advisor Leonardo DiCaprio. The company has developed technology for capturing CO2 from power plants or other sources. By offsetting the carbon footprint of the cement in concrete, Blue Planet’s aggregate more than compensates for the cement component’s carbon footprint, making the concrete a net carbon storage sink. Constantz said a plant Blue Planet is building in San Francisco will manufacture synthetic limestone aggregate with the potential to eliminate about 11 million tons of CO2 a year. The synthetic limestone can replace natural mined limestone aggregate as the principal constituent of concrete, thus avoiding CO2 emissions by substitution. Send us an email: [email protected] Your selection will be saved to your account and available every time you login to your different devices; computer, tablet or smartphone. I am pleased to support the continued dedication and innovation at Blue Planet in our shared push for a more sustainable future. According to Blue Planet, the production and distribution of synthetic aggregate for concrete make the operations profitable. Brent Constantz is CEO of Blue Planet. Blue Planet breaks this down into pebbles that are used in construction as aggregate – small, coarse stone material added to water and cement to make concrete. Constraints on purity are not that high because the reaction between the … And there’s a worldwide market for concrete. 30, October 2020 was fourth-warmest October on record, NOAA and NASA report, Warmer climate and Arctic sea ice in a veritable suicide pact, 'We can't get along in the U.S. Should I just move to Europe? Constantz: “In our case, we turn it into limestone.”. So you might say this is a concrete way to reduce global warming. With Blue Planet's patented solution every ton of carbon dioxide can be permanently captured to produce about 2 tons of calcium carbonate used in construction materials for roads and buildings. The US$10 million round of financing was comprised of leaders dedicated to addressing climate change. Making concrete this way also cuts back on the need to mine and transport natural limestone, so it reduces the concrete industry’s own environmental impact. The world currently uses over 15 gigatons of concrete and mines over 20 gigatons of limestone per year. Create an account to be able to save your selection of topics. Brent Constantz is serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur who founded and led as CEO: Norian Corporation 1987- 1998, Corazon Technologies 1998- 2002, Skeletal Kinetics 2002-2007, Calera Corporation 2007 -2010, DeepWater Desal 2011-date, and Blue Planet 2012-date. © 2020 Yale Climate Connections | Created by Constructive, 01 Our investors are also our advisors in many cases because of their dedication, experience, and presence in the Climate Change arena, said Dr Brent Constantz, Blue Planet’s Founder and CEO. Unlike limestone, dolomite rarely if ever contain fossils.