The Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC) produced by Toowoomba-based company Wagners has received $250,000 under the Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas Fund.
The new eco-friendly concrete is aimed at reducing carbon emissiouns and is already being used in Brisbane’s West Wellcamp Airport project.
“This project could see Queensland become a global leader in environmentally friendly concrete production by reducing carbon emissions,” said Queensland Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch in a statement.
“It has the potential to generate more than 80 jobs initially, and hundreds more into the future,” Ms. Enoch said.
Earth Friendly Concrete uses a geopolymer binder system made from the chemical activation of industrial waste by-products, with the technology reducing the carbon emissions associated with normal Portland cement by 80 to 90 per cent. It equals or betters the engineering and construction properties of normal cement.
“We are already gaining significant interest for EFC applications in international markets and have a Memorandum of Understanding in place between Wagners and India’s JSW Group’s – JSW Cement,” said Head of Wagners’ concrete division Joe Wagner.
“JSW Cement is one of the leading brands in India, and EFC will add value to the downstream by-products of JSW’s steel and power generation businesses which makes it a perfect fit.”
To meet growing domestic and international demand, Wagners will scale-up commercial production of tailor-made hardener chemicals used in the “top secret formula” to produce EFC.
“The opportunity provided by the Ignite Ideas Fund is the first step in allowing us to manufacture commercial quantities of our additive, and will mean we are a significant step closer to improving the cost and overall performance of EFC,” Mr. Wagner said.
The Ignite Ideas Fund is part of the Queensland Government’s $420 million Advance Queensland initiative.