Green Concrete innovation wins INNOVIC’s Next Big Thing Award 2008
13 June 2008
Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Evan Thornley, MP (left), congratulates Zeobond’s Dr. Peter Duxson. Zeobond’s product E-crete was the winner
E-Crete, a cementless-concrete made from waste produced by power stations, has won INNOVIC's 2008 Next Big Thing Award.
Joss Evans, CEO of INNOVIC, said it was without a doubt a very clever Victorian innovation and its creators were onto a successful Next BigThing.
"All 21 finalists were impressive but E-Crete was a clear choice because it is cost effective solution to reducing world carbon emissions significantly," she said.
The innovation is the brainchild of Dr Peter Duxson and Prof. Jannie van Deventer, from the Cambellfield-based business Zeobond.
Made from 99% non-virgin materials, it uses waste produced by power stations (fly ash from coal burning) and steel works to create an environmentally friendly and cost effective new type of cement-less concrete.
"Worldwide more than 65 per cent of fly ash produced from coal power stations is disposed of in landfills. In India alone, fly ash landfill covers an area of 40,000 acres," said Ms Evans.
"E-Crete's has a carbon footprint reduction of 80 per cent, is more fire resistant and has better chemical resistance and higher compression strength than normal cement."
Ms Evans anticipated that the cementless concrete would be as successful a story as previous Next Big Thing finalists which are already making sales of over $85.8 million p.a. and are exporting to 42 countries.