Workshop Details
Telluride Innovation Workshop: Decarbonization of Cement
03/06/2023 - 03/10/2023
Meeting Description:

The purpose of the Telluride Innovation Workshop on Decarbonization of Cement is to bring academic, industrial and national laboratory leaders together to brainstorm pathways to decarbonize cement industry. The goal is to identify high-risk/high-reward technologies that have promise to reduce carbon intensity and increase energy efficiency of cement making process. Portland cement, used in concrete, is the most widely used man-made material. But it is also responsible for 5% of the global energy consumption and 8% of the anthropogenic CO2 emissions. In cement manufacturing, calcium oxide (CaO) is a major precursor to produce Portland cement. It currently is being produced via high-temperature, energy-intensive calcination of calcium carbonate (CaCO3).

This workshop will address methods that utilize novel electrochemical processes to produce cement precursors, electrified methods to generate heat for cement production or alternative CO2 storage methods. The organizer and co-organizer currently have an active NSF Future Manufacturing Seed Grant with sponsorship for participation of URM institutions. We envision participation of scientists from two communities: i) cement and ii) electrochemical/electrolysis fields. The goal would be to build a bridge between these two communities through this innovation workshop, as electrochemistry can play a big role in cement manufacturing over the course of next decades. We also envision to write a report from this workshop to inform a community of our findings and future advances that need to be made to produce clean cement.


Participants will include thought leaders from industry, academia, national labs, and industry institutes. We wish to ensure an intimate workshop setting, with no more than 20 to 30 participants.
Telluride Innovation is about expanding the frontiers of science, technology, and innovation by exploring new ideas and building collaborations. The workshop schedule will allow for substantial unstructured time for participants to talk and think. All participants are expected to stay for the entire duration of the workshop.

The Electrochemical Society

Meeting Venue:

Ah Haa School for the Arts
200 W Pacific Telluride, CO 81435

Telluride Innovation Workshop: Decarbonization of Cement Registered Meeting Participants:
Participant Organization
Agar, Ertan University of Massachusetts Lowell
Apelian, Diran UCI
Arges, Christopher Pennsylvania State University
Bran Anleu, Paula ORNL
Chang, Hung-Ming University of California, Irvine
Li, Mo University of California, Irvine
Munday, Pat Montana Tech
Shen, Lin University of Hawaii at Manoa
Sornsuchat, Thirawit University of California, Irvine
Zenyuk, Iryna University of California Irvine

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