Courtesy University of Newcastle

Courtesy University of Newcastle

Australian company Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) has unveiled a semi-continuous research pilot plant where its team—in collaboration with researchers from the University of Newcastle in Australia and several other local institutions—plans to work on further developing a technology that uses the process of mineral carbonation to make building products. Intended as a transitional solution for countries that rely on carbon-intensive power generation, mineral carbonation is the process of capturing and compressing carbon dioxide emissions to transform it from gas to a stable solid material. According to a University of Newcastle press release, “Both carbonates and silica by-products have the potential to be used in building products such as concrete and plasterboard to create green construction materials.”