MCi Carbon has opened its new industrial headquarters in the Steel River precinct in Mayfield West, Newcastle and held their inaugural Town Hall meeting last week.
Company stakeholders, the board of directors and staff from both the Newcastle and Canberra contingencies came together for the first time in the new office.
MCi Carbon is an Australian technology platform that transforms CO2 into building materials and other valuable industrial products.
The company was catapulted onto the global stage last year, when MCi was awarded #1 Global Cleantech at COP26 in Glasgow.
Chief Operating Officer, Sophia Hamblin Wang said there is a vast momentum of interest and growth now occurring in Newcastle and the Hunter region.
“MCi offers a unique opportunity to assist in the decarbonisation of industry, and since the news in Glasgow we have continued to attract more local talent,” Sophia said.
MCi captures emissions from hard-to-abate industries, like steel, cement, fertilisers, and mining, unlocking the value of carbon by creating valuable products and materials for the circular carbon economy.
The company has grown exponentially in recent years, creating more than 20 jobs in the region following the recent announcement of a $14.6m Federal government grant to build a world-first demonstration plant on Kooragang Island.
Chief Commercial Officer, Martin Murphy said that he looks forward to welcoming MCi’s domestic and international customers and partners.
“It is advantageous to have an office centrally located between MCi’s pilot plant facility, the planned site for its demonstration plant and in close proximity to Newcastle airport,” Martin said.
Commissioned in 2016, the company’s pilot plant is located at the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER).
Chief Technology Officer, Dr Mark Rayson said MCi’s technical team has grown from eight staff in July 2021 to over 20 this month, as they expand to meet growing customer interest and to deliver their engineering scale-up program.
“Having a common space also means team members across departments now have a central hub to collaborate, which will be increasingly important as we scale up,” Mark said.
As industries transition away from fossil-fuel intensive manufacturing to achieve emission reduction goals and those of the Paris Climate Agreement, a range of new technologies will be developed and commercialised through to 2050 and beyond.
IMAGE | The team at the new MCi Carbon industrial headquarters.
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.