AUSTRALIAN company Eden Innovations has announced the Port of Savannah in the United States has agreed to conduct a trial of its ‘EdenCrete’ in a section concrete on one of its wharves.
EdenCrete is a carbon-strengthened concrete additive that produces less carbon emissions and aims to enhance a wide range of concrete performance characteristics.
It produces hydrogen and carbon nanotubes from natural gas without producing carbon dioxide.
Carbon nanotubes, nanoscopic carbon cylinders, are said to be up to 300 times stronger than steel and strengthen the cement.
The section of the wharf at the Port of Savannah being used in the trial is subject to a heavy loading and abrasion from the wheels of big container cranes moving back and forth as containers are loaded and unloaded.
The port consists of two modern, deep-water terminals with more than 20 PPX cranes, and handles 20,000 container moves daily.
It is presently being deepened to accommodate larger vessels, following the Panama Canal expansion.
The planned Port of Savannah trial is the first trial for EdenCrete in a marine or coastal environment.
However it could open up a large market in global coastal and marine infrastructure, “as well as an increasing level of other coastal works that are likely to be required if ocean levels continue to rise”, Eden said in a statement.