North Carolina-based company, bioMASON, has developed a technology using microorganisms to grow biocement™ based construction materials.
An estimated 1.23 trillion bricks are manufactured worldwide every year
This results in approximately 800 million tons of carbon emissions, due to the fossil fuels required in the firing process. This new technology aims to counter that.
The process of growing bricks similar to hydroponics
The company say on their website– ‘the process of growing bricks is similar to hydroponics, whereby units mixed with the microorganism are fed an aqueous solution to harden the bricks to specification. Traditional bricks are formed in brick units and then fired for hardening.’
bioMASON’s process simply eliminates the need for firing by replacing the curing/hardening process with the formation of biologically controlled structural cement.
The company employs natural systems, eliminating waste while providing variation
bioMASON employs natural systems as industrial manufacturing, eliminating waste while providing virtually limitless variation.
Some of the key advantages of this technology are:
- Made in ambient temperatures, no CO2 emissions, minimal dependency on natural fossil fuels, and can be made on site
- No waste in manufacturing
- Environmental points
- Product customisation
- Additive material performance such as increased insulation
- Nutrients and minerals required in the process are obtained from natural, renewable sources, but may also be extracted from industrial waste streams.
To hear more about this technology, check out the video below of company founder and CEO, Ginger Krieg Dosier, speaking at TEDx in Dubai.
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