Researchers from the University of East London have developed Sugarcrete, a low-carbon reusable construction-material alternative to brick and concrete made from sugarcan bagasse, along with mineral-based binders.
Sugarcane is currently the world’s largest crop by production volume, with nearly 2-billion tons produced yearly worldwide, resulting in 600 million tons of fibrous bagasse. When this by-product is combined with proprietary mineral-based binders and then compressed, it results in high-strength blocks that can be used in place of traditional clay or concrete bricks after curing.
We have not only created an innovative carbon positive construction material, but we use ‘open science’ principles to share knowledge and practice with sugar producing countries, learning from their contexts and supporting them to find ways to refine and deploy Sugarcrete® in a sustainable and ethical way,” said Alan Chandler, Co-Director at the University of East London.
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