Carbon negative aggregate specialist Carbon8 Aggregates has been given the green light to build a second facility at Avonmouth, near Bristol.
Work on the £4m project will begin later this year and the plant is expected to be fully operational by early 2016, more than doubling Carbon8’s ability to meet rising demand from the construction industry and creating at least 20 new jobs.
Carbon8 uses patented technology to recycle waste flue gas treatment residues (FGT) from Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities, converting it into award-winning lightweight secondary aggregates.
Steve Greig, managing director, said: “Winning planning permission for this new facility is a significant step forward for Carbon8, cementing our position as the prime FGT recycling business in England and Wales.
“Demand from EfW operators is increasing all the time as they look for alternatives to disposing of FGT into landfill, and at the same time, our ability to produce carbon negative aggregates has really captured the imagination of the building trade.
Steve Greig, managing director – “Demand from EfW operators is increasing all the time as they look for alternatives to disposing of FGT into landfill, and at the same time, our ability to produce carbon negative aggregates has really captured the imagination of the building trade”
“The Avonmouth facility will enable us to respond to the market and, we hope, will be a stepping stone to our ambition to build further facilities over the next two to three years.”
Greig says the Carbon8 team is already close to signing a deal to process FGT residues from a number of EfWs in the south-west and is confident that further contracts will follow.
The new purpose built Accelerated Carbonation Technology (ACT) facility will include silo storage for incoming incinerator residues, storage for associated fillers and binders, a new building to house the processing equipment, and covered storage bays for the aggregate produced by the process.
Carbon8 has already signed a contract for the project with Worksop-based Wrights Engineering, who will be responsible for the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of the process equipment.
The development will complement Carbon8’s existing facility at Brandon, Suffolk, which last year saw the addition of a £1.5m second production line, also installed by Wrights Engineering, as well as investment in new silo capacity and new aggregate storage.
Carbon8 has pioneered the development of the world’s first carbon negative aggregate. It uses an award-winning, patented process known as ACT to manufacture a high quality lightweight aggregate called C8Aggregate (C8A).
Because the ACT process permanently captures more carbon dioxide (CO2) than is generated during its manufacture, it means C8A is the world’s first truly carbon-negative aggregate and the technology has gone on to win a host of industry awards.
A number of leading national construction companies are already using C8A to produce lightweight building blocks and demand is increasing all the time.