MCi Carbon wins 2022 NSW Clean Technology Award

MCi Carbon wins 2022 NSW Clean Technology Award

Australian cleantech MCi Carbon (MCi) has been awarded the NSW Clean Technology Award for breakthroughs achieved at their Pilot Plant facility in Newcastle.

Presented by the Banksia Foundation, the NSW Sustainability Awards were announced by the NSW Treasurer and Energy Minister, The Hon. Matt Kean. The event was supported by the NSW Government and sponsored by EY and the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) NSW Division.

MCi Carbon’s semi-continuous research Pilot Plant is one of the first-of-its-kind in the world. The plant conducts intensive industrial programs to refine the patented mineral carbonation process, deliver customer projects, and generate low-carbon materials for product testing.

MCi Carbon CEO, Marcus Dawe said it was an honour to be recognised by the Awards.

“The MCi team, with our engineers in Newcastle, should be proud of their achievements being celebrated alongside other stellar projects and initiatives, undertaken in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” Marcus said.

Banksia Foundation CEO, Graz van Egmond commended this year’s winners for their ambition, creativity, and innovation.

“Our judges were impressed by the calibre of this year’s winners, especially the young leaders who are inspiring local communities to take climate actions,” Graz said.

Located at the University of Newcastle NIER facility, the plant reacts industrial emissions with feedstocks such as low-grade minerals, tailings and waste, creating both carbonates and silica by-products. This is then used in building materials, such as concretes and plasterboards, demonstrating the potential to create value from CO2.

As a winner in the NSW Sustainability Awards, MCi Carbon will be automatically entered into the 34th National Banksia Sustainability Awards. The winners of the national awards will be announced in March 2023.

MCi Carbon sits within a portfolio of carbon utilisation technologies that will ultimately be required to meet the Paris Agreement climate change targets. They are creating negative emission and low-carbon embodied materials for the circular economy and utilising waste products as a resource in the mineral carbonation process, increasing resource-use efficiency across hard-to-abate industries. This reduces the per capita environmental impact of cities by utilising these materials.


IMAGE |MCi Carbon Communications Officer, Todd McHenry; MCi Carbon CEO, Marcus Dawe; and NSW Treasurer and Energy Minister, The Hon Matt Kean (L-R).

MCi Carbon

MCi Carbon (MCi) is a world-leading Australian clean technology company developing technology that transforms carbon dioxide into building materials and other valuable industrial products and recently won COP26’s The Clean Energy Start-up Pitch Battle. MCi is based in Canberra with an industry headquarters in Newcastle and a global reference pilot plant at the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER).

Founded in 2013, the company has developed a low-cost, low-pressure, low-energy chemical engineering process to transform CO2 emissions from industrial sources into solid materials which can be used to create a range of products. Its mission is to contribute to the industrial pathway to zero emissions by removing 1 billion tonnes of CO2.

MCi has received global recognition for its R&D, including the 2018 Resource Innovator of the Year award at the New Materials Summit in Berlin and being featured at the World Economic Forum Pioneers of Change Summit.

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