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Boral co-funds two-year project developing low-carbon concrete

Posted 06-08-2020
Category Research

Experts and engineers from Boral, Southern Highland Concrete Construction and UTS are taking part in a new two-year manufacturing research project. The project aims to overcome the current technological barriers of low-carbon concrete manufacturing and accelerate the development of Boral’s lower carbon ENVISIA® concrete

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SmartCrete CRC Project Progression

Posted 24-07-2020
Category Research

Following the award of $21m in grant funding from the Federal Government, SmartCrete CRC Ltd has been Incorporated and is on track to be operational in September this year!

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Heat treatment reduces alkali attack in geopolymer concrete

Posted 08-05-2020
Category Research

Fly ash, inevitably generated by coal-fired power stations, has more worth than flooding landfills and ash dams worldwide.  

It's ability to transform from a waste product into a environmentally friendly and economically savvy material is evident in geopolymer concrete. However, geopolymer structures exposed to highly alkaline conditions have shown low resistance, an undesirable outcome that researchers at the University of Johannesburg are tackling. 

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Carbon Capture Concrete

Posted 23-04-2020
Category Research

Opportunities arise for the concrete industry as it shifts towards sustainability with today’s technological advancements.

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'Beneficial Uses of Fly Ash' IEA Report

Posted 17-04-2020
Category Research

The International Energy Agency Clean Coal Centre has published a new report that expands on the growing market of coal fly ash. Beneficial Uses of Coal Fly Ash by Dr Ian Reid, Anne M Carpenter and Dr Alice Masili addresses the global shift in Coal Fly Ash (CFA) production and its increase in market value and importation demand for use across many sectors.

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SmartCrete CRC Gets the Green Light

Posted 18-03-2020
Category Research

Exciting developments for the SmartCrete CRC.

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COAL ASH DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY

Posted 04-11-2019
Category Research

Dr. Aiken is searching for Coal Ash.

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Sydney drives world-first green roads trial

Posted 14-07-2019
Category Research

In the first trial of its kind, we’ve taken industrial waste from coal-fired power stations and steel manufacturing to create a new roadway. Working with researchers from the University of NSW, we’ve replaced a section of roadway on Wyndham Street in Alexandria to test the green concrete’s durability. Made from fly ash and blast furnace slag, geopolymer concrete is a sustainable blend of concrete and recycled materials.

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Methods for sampling and testing aggregates, Part 28, Ball mill value

Posted 27-05-2019
Category Research

Please note that the following draft’s public comment period is due to close in three days.

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Low Carbon Concrete Defies the Waves

Posted 14-03-2019
Category Research

In a world-first project, researchers and NSW Ports have incorporated waste from coal-fired power stations into low carbon Geopolymer concrete.

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Towards Zero Carbon: Low Carbon Coastal Protection

Posted 06-12-2018
Category Research

Eight million tonnes of CO2 are produced in Australia each year, as well as 14 million tonnes of fly ash and three million tonnes of slag. By substituting Portland cement with slag and fly ash to make Geoploymer Concrete (GPC), significant CO2 reduction and economic benefit can be achieved

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Energy Australia & Latrobe Magnesium sign an MoU

Posted 29-01-2018
Category Research

Energy Australia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to supply fly ash from its coal-fired power plant in Yallourn to a proposed magnesium production plant in the Latrobe Valley.

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WWCCPN - The Global Operating Environment

Posted 15-06-2017
Category Research

At the World of Coal Ash 2017 Conference in the United States, CEO Craig Heidrich presented the following report to a plenary of +1,100. View the World Wide Coal Combustion Products Network PDF now.

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New Generation Coal Plant Proposal

Posted 27-02-2017
Category Research

The new-generation, high-efficiency coal plants produce half the carbon dioxide emissions of existing ones, making them comparable with gas and the Minerals Council says it is “simply common sense” that new coal technologies be considered as part of Australia’s efforts to meet its emissions reduction targets.

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CCGP Journal - Submit your papers now!

Posted 26-02-2017
Category Research

The Coal Combustion & Gasification Products Journal is a collaboration between the American Coal Ash Association and the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, with the Ash Development Association of Australia's CEO, Craig Heidrich on the Editorial Board.

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World first Geopolymer Concrete Handbook.

Posted 23-02-2017
Category Research

An important enabler in this journey for partners in the CRCLCL is to publish a Geopolymer Concrete Handbook as wider penetration of Geopolymer concrete within the construction industry affords a promising pathway to increase use of Low Embodied-Carbon construction materials. 

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2015 Membership Survey Results are here!

Posted 13-11-2016
Category Research

Annual members and non-members were surveyed for CCPs generated, stored and sold during the reported period, which provides results for the calendar year; January to December 2015.

 

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Coal Ash or Cold Cash?

Posted 11-11-2016
Category Research

While lawmakers and environmental authorities are fixated on fly ash (FA) a potential hazard, many understand that the by-product is ‘A valuable resource.’ Duke University researchers explain that key components of technologies such as smart phones and electric car batteries include rare earth elements, which are found in abundance on the micro level in multiple FA ponds near Duke University in North Carolina. 

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Local Fly Ash Beats Mined Frac Sand For Hydraulic Fracturing

Posted 19-10-2016
Category Research

The Research and Development team within LWP Technologies Limited has been testing Queensland-sourced FA at the pilot plant and the results from their work have been very positive and supportive of the path to commercialising cost effective FA based proppants for use in oil and gas hydraulic fracturing.

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Another WO3nderful Use For Fly Ash

Posted 14-10-2016
Category Research

The chemically treated fly ash has gained the name OOPS and once it has absorbed oil from an oil-water mix, it floats on the surface of the water as a sticky substance that can be easily collected and transported and it can also be re-used in Coal-fire furnaces as fuel to generate heat and energy, once saturated.

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A Year Without Winter

Posted 08-08-2016
Category Research

The correlation between the amount of coal burnt and temperature is often strong and highly linear and this year North America’s winter rewrote the record books and was the hottest winter period ever documented. With temperatures averaging more than 5 degrees over the 20th century average. What does this mean for concrete manufactures and other Fly Ash users?

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Intelligent Compaction: The latest way to store fly ash.

Posted 03-05-2016
Category Research

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has been responsible for the cleanup of the U.S Tennessee Kingston plant spill and eight (8) years on, the team are doing great. In the initail planning stage the team grouped engireers together to develop an innovative method of storing the fly ash.

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Its time to move from technical to practical!

Posted 29-04-2016
Category Research

Australia will be one step closer to achieving its environmenal sustrainability targets if we can effectively manage new industries using by-products as resources from old industries. It is in this space that an Australian fly ash industry may emerge, bringing with it innovative leaders and entrepreneurs to incorporate fly ash as an integral part of their business. 

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UCLA researchers turn carbon dioxide into sustainable concrete

Posted 15-03-2016
Category Research

The burning of coal to make electricity creates two major by-products, fly ash and CO2 from smoke stacks. The ADAA and its members are currently doing everything possible to increase the utilisation of fly ash in the hopes of lessening the impact of burning coal on the environment. Although the utilisation of fly ash has been progressive, COhas been continuously viewed as a nuisance. Until now…

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Rare Earth Elements from Fly Ash

Posted 07-02-2016
Category Research

US based company, Southern Research is using $1 million in federal funding to develop and test a method to extract valuable rare earth elements (REEs) from coal fly ash, the minuscule waste particles captured by anti-pollution devices in coal-fired power plants. REEs are a series of chemical elements found in the Earth’s crust that are widely used because of their special properties.  Increasing interest and research is being conducted into extract these elements from coal combustion products (Coal ash).

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