Manufacturing of Portland cement is responsible for around 7% of greenhouse gas emission globally which poses a significant threat to the global climate changes. Geopolymer arrives as an alternative material to Portland cement and eco- friendly because it uses industrial waste or by-products as source materials. An Italian company with almost 50 years of experience on concrete products for floors and walls markets is looking now for geopolymers with specific characteristics.
At the moment the experimental programme is deployed as follows:
- Preliminary investigation of materials used. (raw materials and industrial by products);
- Development of mixed design for geopolymer paver block and fire stop block;
- Studies on mechanical and physical properties on paver blocks and firestop blocks on 28th day;
- Feasibility studies for a mass production of geopolymer products;
The Italian company has the possibility of lab test (few kilos) while it doesn't have the right equipment for fast mixing. Partnership agreement could be related to technical cooperation for the analysis and adaptation of existing technology but also research agreement in order to apply for EU RTD programs.