Project Prairie Seawater – Synergistic benefits between lithium extraction of Alberta brines and separation of Ca and Mg for greener cement precursors

ZS2 Technologies


Project Type

Development

Project Status

Contribution Agreement

Location

Alberta

Funding Amount

$2,000,000

ZS2 Technologies (ZS2), in partnership with Baymag, and in coordination with Lithium Bank, has developed new processes and chemistry for a low carbon Made-in-Alberta cement, and carbon capture and sequestration technology. This novel solution produces high performance building materials while simultaneously solving the need to decarbonize cement, providing both a practical and economic application that permanently sequesters CO2 from the atmosphere.

Leveraging a circular model through strategic local partnerships, the science from ZS2 incorporates an unused mined Magnesium ore from Baymag, lithium-void wastewater brine from Lithium Bank, with advanced manufacturing technologies from ZS2 to produce an innovative carbon-negative magnesium-based cement (MBC). ZS2’s technology will capture CO2 directly from at Lithium Bank’s site and then integrate the captured CO2 into novel MBC products.  The process provides an industry-transforming solution that produces cement from waste brines and utilizes off-spec products from the mining sector in Alberta.