Queens Carbon set to receive $14.5M to pilot its breakthrough carbon neutral cement technology

Queens Carbon, a Pine Brook-based startup company developing a technology to eliminate CO2 emissions from the cement industry, was recently awarded $14.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy as part of its Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential program. Queens Carbon will use this funding to pilot its novel low-temperature, zero-CO2 technology in partnership with a commercial partner in the cement industry.

“We know that cement manufacturing requires innovative, scalable solutions to overcome the environmental impacts and logistical hurdles of traditional cement production. Queens Carbon is committed to tackling these challenges,” ARPA-E Director Evelyn Wang said. “Through SCALEUP, Queens Carbon will build on prior work funded by ARPA-E and develop an integrated pilot facility at an existing cement production site to produce carbon-neutral materials in support of decarbonizing cement production.”

Queens Carbon is developing an energy-efficient approach to producing carbon-neutral supplemental cementitious materials from industry standard raw materials to enable an unlimited SCM supply for an increasingly urbanized world.

Queens Carbon’s Q-SCMs are used to replace 20-50% of the high-CO2 binder used to produce cement. The approach will meet the challenges of increasing demand for cement with a scalable source of SCMs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of cement and concrete products while remaining cost-competitive. Queens Carbon plans to deploy a pilot plant capable of producing 10 tons of SCMs daily.

The SCALEUP program supports the scaling of disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy and industrial applications, ensuring that strategic U.S. innovations are well-positioned for commercial deployment and investment from the private sector. Queens Carbon’s project was selected by ARPA-E from a highly competitive pool of industry applicants to support the scaling of its breakthrough production process to lower the CO2 emissions of the cement industry.

“This SCALEUP grant is a tremendous step forward on our path to commercialization,” Daniel Kopp, CEO of Queens Carbon, said. “Partnering with ARPA-E and a major cement industry player to deploy, operate and optimize our 10 tons-per-day pilot plant will put us on an accelerated path to gigaton-scale CO2 reductions”