Carbon8 is an award-winning company, which the University of Greenwich retains a significant stake in. The pioneering research developed by its team into the innovative capture of carbon dioxide has been successfully applied commercially with pilot plants in Kent being set up, and further opportunities in North America in the pipeline.
The company came about thanks to the work of Dr Hills, who patented a process that used accelerated carbonation technology (ACT) to treat hazardous wastes and remediate contaminated soil. A key advantage of ACT is its rapid treatment, which can take only a few minutes compared to other technologies and processes, which can take months.
Wastes successfully treated by Carbon8 Systems include: slag from steel manufacture; galigu from soap production; contaminated soil from firework manufacture; North Sea oil drill cuttings; cement kiln residue; and water treatment sludges.
The company has already worked alongside large organisations including Shell; Lafarge; and Land Securities and is currently, along with the University of Greenwich, working with Viridor, a leading waste management and recycling firm to introduce Carbon8 systems through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership. The company has also won a Times Higher Education Award for their Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology.
What awards has it won?
So far, the company has picked up the following:
- the IChemE Green Chemical Technology Award
- Kent Environment Business of the Year 2006
- the Kent Innovation Challenge 2007
- Times Higher Education Award 2008.
Helping the UK achieve its carbon emission targets
Carbon8's technique not only renders polluted waste and soils inert, but it is low cost and extremely fast - taking just minutes rather than the days and weeks required by other methods. If widely adopted, their process could be responsible for capturing more than one million tonnes of waste carbon dioxide and contributing to achieving the UK carbon emission reduction target for.