What is the product/service about?
Currently, we are producing ECO2Pavers and ECO2Masonry in order to use in replacement of concrete pavers and masonry blocks. Our material is made by only steel slag (industrial waste from steelmaking process), waste water and CO2 working not only as a waste valorisation but as a carbon sink.
Where did the project idea come from?
The project idea came from the PhD thesis from our CEO, Pedro Humbert, that worked on developing a methodology to combine steel slag with CO2 aiming to have optimal binding properties. Afterwards, Pedro idealised it as a business opportunity and realised there were few competitors on the market trying to develop green cement. Therefore, looking to his research and to the competitors strategy he decided on working for precast applications instead.
Why did you select that specific target country?
Brazil is currently one of the top 10 steel producers in the world and is facing a huge steel slag accumulation issue. Moreover, as Brazil is a developing country, there are great opportunities on the construction industry.
Who are your partners in the target country?
Our main partner in Brazil is the National Steel Company (CSN) which is largest steel industry in Brazil. Together, we are paving the way to create a great opportunity for valorize around one hundred tons of steel slag yearly.
What is your long term vision for your company working in your chosen partner country?
After validating the semi-industrial production through Innowwide project, we intend to develop the conditions to create a economical feasible ECO2Blocks manufacturing production plant in order to valorise 20% of CSN steel slag production.
What impact do you believe INNOWWIDE will have on your company?
Innowwide supported us on this semi-industrial validation where was extremely necessary on our roadmap. Surely it will be a great impact on our product development towards the economical feasibility.
Can you offer any advice or guidance to others looking to apply for INNOWWIDE grants?
Find a good partner who has a significant problem and is willing to hands-on in order to solve his problem through your technology.