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Skyonic's Capitol SkyMine carbon capture and mineralization plant breaks ground this week at Capitol Aggregates Cement Factory in San Antonio
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Skyonic Corporation is hosting a groundbreaking event today at its Capitol SkyMine plant in San Antonio. Once fully operational in 2014, the plant, which is the first of its kind in the United States, is expected to capture 300,000 tons of CO2 annually through the direct capture of 75,000 tons and additional 225,000 tons that will be offset by the production of green products. The plant is expected to turn a profit within three years from the sale of the products including sodium bicarbonate, HCl, and bleach.
Joe Jones, founder and CEO of Skyonic, will speak at the event. Other speakers include Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, and Greg Hale, President of Capitol Aggregates.
"The beginning of construction is a major milestone on the road to commercialization," said Greg Hale, President of Capitol Aggregates. "When Skyonic began operating its demonstration plant at Capitol Aggregates several years ago, we were excited about the prospect of producing more sustainable cement. Now that the project has reached a commercial-scale, we couldn't be happier to have such a revolutionary process at our cement factory."
Skyonic has operated a demonstration-scale plant at the Capitol Aggregates site since 2010, with on-going support from the San Antonio community. The commercial-scale Capitol SkyMine plant will employ roughly 35 people and is expected to create more than 200 jobs through the plant's construction and on-going operations.
"I applaud the Zachry Corporation and Skyonic for setting the standard with the first commercial carbon capture plant of its kind," Mayor Julian Castro said. "This project is another example of how San Antonio is becoming a leader in combining green technology and job creation."
Skyonic's electrolytic carbon capture technology, SkyMine®, will selectively capture CO2, acid gases and heavy metals from the flue gas of the Capitol Aggregates Cement Plant, where the Capitol SkyMine plant will be retrofitted. The captured pollutants will be mineralized into products, including sodium bicarbonate, which are stored, transported and sold as safe, stable solids, eliminating many of the costs and concerns associated with other forms of carbon capture. The sodium bicarbonate, as well as the hydrochloric acid and bleach that is also produced, can be sold at a profit. By producing valuable products using low-cost chemical inputs and operating at energy-efficient conditions, SkyMine® captures CO2 at a substantially lower operating cost than other carbon capture technologies and allows industrial emitters to turn a profit from reduced emissions.
"Industrial manufacturing is a cornerstone of the global economy and we're doing our part to making the process more lucrative for industries and cleaner for the environment," said Joe Jones, founder and CEO of Skyonic. "Our partners and investors have played an important role in getting to this commercialization stage, and we're all looking forward to starting construction and making our first plant a stand-out success."
Toyo-Thai (TTCL), and Ford, Bacon & Davis (FBD) are providing EPC services to the project. CCC Group of San Antonio is the general contractor of record and will provide construction services.
About Skyonic Corporation
Skyonic Corporation builds new and retrofittable plants that produce carbon-negative chemical products at the lowest cost, while mineralizing industrial CO2 emissions and scrubbing SOx, NOx and mercury. The company's SkyMine® and SkyCycle™ technologies are designed to economically extract and mineralize carbon dioxide from industrial flue gas into carbonate products, such as baking soda, at a commercial scale. SkyMine® also produces green chemicals, HCl and bleach, as byproducts. The company's limestone scrubber, SkyScraper™, also removes SOx, NOx, mercury and other heavy metals. These carbon chemistry processes have a two-fold effect, not only driving profit through the sale of products, but also helping to mitigate the effects of industrial pollution and close the carbon cycle. The company is building the nation's first commercial-scale carbon capture and utilization facility at Capitol Aggregates, Inc. with $28 million in funding under a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory, and with support from ConocoPhillips, BP, Northwater Capital, Cenovus Energy, ETV, Zachry Corporation, BlueCap Partners, PVS Chemicals, and Toyo-Thai Corporation Limited. Skyonic was founded in 2005 by inventor and CEO, Joe Jones and is located in Austin, TX. For more about how Skyonic produces solid returns from clean air, visit http://www.skyonic.com
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