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Roger Bullivant explores graphene


Roger Bullivant has agreed in-principle to a quantity order for Concretene’s graphene-enhanced concrete admixture.

On completion of a government-funded growth challenge for pre-cast piling and basis purposes, industrial deliveries may begin within the fourth quarter of 2024. 

Concretene makes use of graphene to enhance compressive, tensile and flexural energy and sturdiness of concrete, permitting cement and reinforcing metal content material to be decreased.

Innovate UK has supplied £1.2m for the pre-cast analysis challenge, bringing Concretene’s complete authorities R&D funding secured this 12 months to greater than £2.4m, after three earlier awards introduced in October. [See our previous report here.]

Concretene has been developed by Nationwide Engineering Analysis & Improvement (NERD) in partnership with the College of Manchester’s Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC).

Help for the pre-cast piling and basis purposes challenge from Roger Bullivant features a proposal for institution of a pilot manufacturing plant for Concretene at its headquarters in south Derbyshire. 

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The location, offering batching and pre-cast manufacture, may allow Concretene to show the viability of its manufacturing proposition. 

Roger Bullivant is a part of Soletanche Bachy, which is in flip a part of the French development group Vinci.

Roger Bullivant managing director David Clement stated: “As a part of Soletanche Bachy and Vinci, we’ve an formidable goal to cut back our concrete and cement-related CO2 emissions by 20% by 2030. We even have an in-house experience in low-carbon concrete beneath the Exegy label. This thrilling R&D initiative in partnership with Concretene is the subsequent step in our carbon-reduction journey and is a crucial component of our sustainability technique.”

Concretene chief working officer Mike Harrison stated: “That is one other vital step on our journey to commercialisation of our product and we’re delighted to be working with the crew at Roger Bullivant.

“Concretene has an vital function to play in serving to the development trade meet difficult net-zero targets and the institution of pilot manufacturing can be very important as we scale our operation.”  

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