The initiatives TITAN is pursuing are based on innovative technologies and concepts. These include:
- Improving our CO2 footprint: The Carbon Initiative aims to lower our CO2 footprint by implementing advanced energy-efficiency systems and by increasing the use of alternative fuels. We’re also developing and evaluating novel technologies for carbon capture and conversion, low-CO2 binders, calcined clays, and cementitious materials with improved insulation properties.
We participate in the WBCSD’s Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative (LCTPi) and we collaborate with scientific institutions like the European Cement Research Academy (ECRA). Through these partnerships we research and develop new technologies, methods and materials that will help us reduce our carbon footprint throughout the value chain, in line with the (LCTPi) and the Paris Agreement on climate change (CoP21).
- Producing Low Carbon Cement: Our low carbon cement initiative has resulted in the development and industrial production of a novel type of cement. The new cement exhibits equivalent performance to conventional products at lower associated emissions.
Specifically, the low carbon cement is produced using less limestone and less fuels compared to conventional cements. This leads up to 30% reduction in CO2 emissions during production, which is in line with TITAN’s steadfast commitment to reducing greenhouse gases.
Developed by our RDQ department, this low carbon cement was successfully scaled up to industrial production in 2018. Moreover, it can be produced at any of our cement plants around the world, giving us the opportunity to develop new products for conventional and niche applications at significantly lower CO2 emissions. Currently, a new marketing strategy is being developed to ensure that all environmental and performance improvements are communicated to our customers.
- Introducing Artificial Intelligence: Our “Digital Initiative” aims to gradually implement big data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies across our entire organization. Initial efforts have shown significant improvements in automation and our decision-making processes.
- Contributing to the circular economy: ST Equipment & Technology (STET), a member of the TITAN Group of companies, based in Boston, USA, is a global leader in industrial tribo-electrostatic separation using its unique patented technology.
STET is a developer and supplier of specialized processing equipment for the beneficiation of fine particle materials, such as fly ash by-products from coal-burning thermal power plants. STET develops and promotes the use of waterless, energy-efficient and low-emission technologies, contributing significantly to the circular economy at the local level, in the on-site production of clean cementitious materials and the recovery of valuable fuel, and also globally, where STET plays the role of ‘enabler’ for other industries and sectors.
Over the past years STET has developed new applications for upgrading the protein content of food and animal feeds. This new market sector for organic materials was just recently opened in 2017 and STET intends to continue investing heavily in its R&D efforts.
- Creating special types of cement: Our RDQ department is working on a number of cutting-edge research projects that include enhancing cement performance for conventional and niche applications, 3D-printing with specially-designed mortars and concrete, self-healing materials, and nanotechnology-inspired applications.
A prime example of our innovative expertise was the construction of the Rion-Antirion Bridge near Patras, Greece, considered one of the engineering wonders of our time, for which TITAN prepared and produced a special type of cement for the underwater load-bearing pylons, which will support the entire structure throughout its service life.
Scientific collaboration is the key to successful innovation. We collaborate with leading international academic and research institutions to enrich our knowledge on cementitious materials and improve their performance as construction materials.
Recent collaborative research projects with established academic institutions and scientific organizations include two demonstrations on carbon capture and reuse technology, as part of the RECODE (https://www.recodeh2020.eu/) and CARMOF (https://carmof.eu/) EU-sponsored projects, our participation in the REDMUD Marie Curie training program (https://etn.redmud.org/) on reusing industrial byproducts for novel binders, and our collaboration with nine partners on SEACON (http://seacon.um-sml.com/), a project that uses seawater to produce sustainable concrete.
TITAN is also a member of international networks and associations involved in applied research on cement and concrete. These include:
- American Coal Ash Association (ACAA – https://www.acaa-usa.org/)
- American Concrete Institute (ACI – https://www.concrete.org/)
- ASTM International (https://www.astm.org)
- European Committee for Standardizations (CEN – https://www.cen.eu)
- European Cement Research Academy (ECRA – https://ecra-online.org/homesite)
- Industrial By-Products Research and Development Association (EVIPAR – http://www.evipar.org)
- Nanocem (http://nanocem.org/)
- Portland Cement Association (PCA – http://www.cement.org/)