Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) is an Australian based company which is developing technology for carbon utlisation (CU). Its priority is large scale transformation of CO2 into valuable products through mineral carbonation processes. This would assist as a transition technology for the major emitting countries as they move away from carbon intensive power generation and industry to more sustainable energy mixes and decarbonized industrial processes.
MCi aims to transform CO2 into stable carbonates and silicates for use in building products like cements, plasterboards, bricks and other valuable industrial products. MCi aims to be part of the rapidly emerging carbon industry which uses CO2 as a raw material not as a waste emission in the emerging carbon utilisation ecosystem.
MCi’s core process reacts captured CO2 with quarried low grade minerals in a continuous industrial process. This mimics but greatly speeds up the natural weathering by rainfall which produces common types of rocks over millions of years. It is anticipated that the MCi process will be economically viable even without a high carbon price as markets are substituted with these carbon trapped products.
Once proven feasible both economically and environmentally, mineral carbonation plants operating at industrial scale around the world could limit further emissions from big greenhouse gas emitters in cement, steel making and power generation whilst we transition our planet to cleaner forms of energy, to renewables and other zero emission technologies.
MCi is an Australian company owned by GreenMag Group Pty Limited, Orica Limited (ASX:ORI) and the University of Newcastle. It has received funding support from the Australian & New South Wales Governments as well as its shareholders.
MCi is partnering with industry leaders globally to develop new products from CO2 transformation and is teaming with organisations in carbon capture and supply, low emissions energy generation and negative emissions research. As well as the University of Newcastle and Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), its researchers include University of Sydney, Columbia University (US) and other international institutions.
MCi has built a world first research pilot plant to scale up and test its mineral carbonation technology and to determine the design and cost of large scale implementations in New South Wales, Australia and across the world. Once proven feasible MCi’s technology should add another climate change solution for use while we transition to a low carbon world economy.
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LATEST NEWS FROM MCi
August 25 2017: Newcastle: NSW Minister Don Harwin at public unveiling of MCi’s latest semi-continuous pilot plant.
August 18 2017: Newcastle: BZE’s launch of ‘Rethinking Cement’. CEO Marcus Dawe talks about MCi’s technology as a solution to carbon utilisation in cements.
July 20 2017: Shanghai: 15th International Conference on CO2 Utilisation in Shanghai : CTO Mark Rayson talks about MCi’s technology as a solution to carbon utilisation.
June 20 2017: Melbourne: Global CCS Institute Asia Pacific Forum: CEO Marcus Dawe talks about MCi’s technology as a solution to carbon utilisation.
March 2 2017: MCi creates first experimental building materials from bulk carbonates produced from its latest semi-continuous plant.
April 11 2016: Singapore: MCi signs MOU with Singaporean group Armorshield Holdings to investigate opportunities in China for its carbon technology.
March 10 2016: MCi successfully commissions its world first purpose built research pilot carbon reactor. This is transforming CO2 into carbonates for use in its materials program which is developing new building products with its industrial partners.
5 September 2015: Our CEO Marcus Dawe was invited to advise the Pacific Island Development Forum Summit on their strategy for the COP21 Paris 2015 UN Climate Change Conference and the Suva Declaration.
25 June 2015: Lead Researcher Geoff Brent gave a very successful presentation at the 2015 Accelerated Conference for Environmental and Material Engineering Conference at Columbia University. He spoke about the MCi project, our challenges and future direction.
MCi IN THE NEWS
Since our project launch in August 2013, we have had considerable interest from the media and interest groups:
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