Mineral Carbonation International
Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) is an Australian clean technology initiative based in Canberra that
operates a mineral carbonation pilot plant in Newcastle (New South Wales). We utilise carbon engineering to
transform CO2 emissions from any industrial source into a bulk materials resource that can be used to
manufacture a range of valuable building and construction products.
Our technology provides a modern decarbonisation solution that is not reliant
upon carbon pricing, offsets or subsidies.
The impact of decarbonisation is twofold, as CO2 is actively removed from the atmosphere then utilised as a key resource in newly developed products that provide an alternative to existing emissions-intensive options - such as cements, plasterboards, binders and pavers. MCi has successfully developed an adaptable and scalable platform to support the decarbonisation of industries such as resource mining, steel production, cement manufacturing,
hydrogen and chemical production.
In 2019, following a successful 7-year period of research funded by Australian Governments and industry partners, we began our commercialisation process. The solid technical and economic validation we've received has paved the way for our ongoing engagement with a range of national and international customers and partners.
We lock away CO2 safely and permanently.
Our launch video from 2013 explains mineral carbonation,
which is the acceleration of a naturally occuring geological process.
The MCi platform
Developing a large scale solution to climate change requires sponsors and stakeholder support in government, industry, research, media and the public interest. Our Team is multi-disciplinary and draws on talents in research, chemical engineering, policy, business, communications and management. We have progressed through the Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) by consistently taking a methodical approach to innovation, experiments, design, construction and testing. We are focussed on reducing technical risks and developing the economic models that will allow for the widespread adoption for our technology globally.
MCi has now designed and built three carbon reactor systems including its flagship, a purpose built generalised continuous research pilot plant. It was publicly launched by the NSW Minister for Energy and Resources along with industry and climate change think tanks and national media in July 2017.
This is the first such build of a purpose designed research pilot plant for CO2 mineral carbonation beyond laboratory scale in the world. Importantly it has allowed us to progress the science and engineering towards establishing the commercial feasibility of mineral carbonation as a carbon utilisation solution for industry without the need for a carbon price. Read New Scientist Article
MCi developed its program under research commercial secrecy. This has enabled us to build considerable knowhow in the newly emerging field of carbon utilisation. We have investigated many process routes including those with favourable economics into our technology stack.
All our IP is backed by lifecycle analysis and industry economic models. Our R&D has been developed under the observation and peer review of government and industry funders. We hold several key patents throughout the world, however in order to maintain the integrity of intellectual property much of our technology stack and specialist knowledge is not publicly disclosed or published.
Our team receives advice and direction from some of the most noted leaders in our field. Over the past 12 years we have developed a unique technology platform. Our focus for the past
8 years has been our pilot plant program.
We are now working with industry customers to identify demonstration plant sites capable of processing around 20,000 tonnes of CO2 annually - with the potential to scale to several million tonnes of CO2 per plant annually.
Advanced carbonation has become an important field of research and development, which differentiates itself as a carbon utilisation technology. In terms of carbon utilisation, value rather than cost is the key driver. How much value can we create from a tonne of
CO2 on scale?
Our work and our technology is completely different to that being developed in the carbon capture and storage (CCS) or the geo-sequestration field. Our field of science and engineering is beginning to attract significant funding from national governments in the UK, EU, Canada, Singapore, Finland, Holland, South Africa and China. The 2018 we joined a number of the world's leading researchers in Newcastle, Australia, to share our insights at the International Conference on Accelerated Carbonation for Environmental and Material Engineering (ACEME).
CEO & Managing Director
GreenMag Group CEO
Orica Chief Scientist (Emeritus).
Dr. Mark Rayson
Chief Technology Officer
Orica Senior Scientist
and Chemical Engineer.
Dr. Geoff Brent
Orica Senior Scientist
and Chemical Engineer.
Program Manager for
The University of Newcastle Research Associates Ltd (TUNRA).
Project Advisor for the
Newcastle Institute for Energy
and Resources (NIER). Technical Officer at the University of Newcastle.
Chief Financial Officer
& Company Secretary
Work with us
Our technology can create valuable products from
CO2 and flue gas streams by using mineral feedstocks. In fact MCi has the capability to carbonate a range
of source feedstock materials at a large scale (kgs/tonnes). We continue to seek partnerships with companies in sectors such as: cement, steel, waste processing, engineering, power generation, oil & gas, chemicals & explosives and resource mining. We are also developing pre-feasibility studies for regional solutions and can validate existing lab scale tests at a pilot scale, to assess the techno-economic viability of bulk material production. Contact us directly if you would like to discuss specific partnership options.
Our core research team is based at the University of Newcastle in Australia. Our lead investigators, post-docs, and PhD students continue to work on the fundamental research themes that support our technology development. Our industrial scientists, process and chemical engineers bring industrial rigour, experience and implementation science to our work. We collaborate with a number of research organisations, including the University of Sydney (Australia), Columbia University (United States)
and A*Star (Singapore).
We actively welcome all solutions to CO2 utilisation. Without collaboration there is no market. A number of the market's pioneers are conducting work that compliments MCi's own platform, such as Carbon8 in the UK which has managed to profitably process
air pollution residues into aggregates. While being a pollution management solution, the process uses
CO2 as the transformation agent. Many cement and concrete solutions are also being developed
via the utilisation of CO2.
We believe all climate solutions should maintain a social license from their inception. MCi engages with many environmental groups and think tanks, both nationally and internationally. We also provide briefings to other stakeholders, such as state/national governments and a range of industries, on the lifecycle impact of our technology platform. This includes the wider implications of decarbonising key sectors and creating value from CO2. Contact us directly if you would like to discuss our environmental and sustainability agenda.
30 June 2020:
CO2 Value Australia (Sophia Hamblin Wang), CO2 Value Europe (Dr. Stefanie Kesting), and Global CO2 Initiative (Volker Sick) share their common vision in this position paper, which highlights the value of technologies which use CO2 as a material component to make valuable products.
25 June 2020:
17 June 2020:
Asia Society features Sophia Hamblin Wang as
Disruptive Asia author
1 June 2020:
This episode of Q+A looked at responses to the Australian Government's Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper. The participants were Sophia Hamblin Wang,
Matt Canavan, Zali Steggall,
Joel Fitzgibbon and
4 May 2020:
Sophia chats with podcast host Osher Gunsberg
Osher Gunsberg has an in-depth conversation with Sophia about a range of topics, including the establishment of MCi as a clean tech company, how she built her capacity as Chief Operations Officer and the early R&D phase. Interview begins from timecode 14:30.
20 March 2020:
Sophia featured as
The Deal cover story
Technology Editor David Swan interviews Sophia about her path to becoming COO of MCi and the potential for carbon utilisation technology.
10 February 2020:
Q+A: Climate Solutions
This episode of Q+A looked at Australian responses to climate change in the face of energy requirements and clean tech developments. The participants were Sophia Hamblin Wang, Jennifer Westacott, Osher Gunsberg, Martijn Wilder and Matthew Evans.
26 January 2020:
Australia Day at Davos2020
Our COO Sophia Hamblin Wang representing Australia (and the ANU) at Davos together with Professor Brian Schmidt (12th Vice-Chancellor), the Hon Julie Bishop (13th Vice-Chancellor) and Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell.
24 January 2020:
Sophia participates at Davos2020
Capturing carbon emissions could yield the equivalent of 50 billion tonnes in manufactured goods. How can large emitters raise their carbon productivity to meet business and climate goals? Chief Operating Officer Sophia Hamblin Wang joins the panel discussion in Davos, Switzerland.
22 Sept 2019:
Sophia appointed as Representative for inaugural UN Youth Climate Summit
Sophia will be joining a select group of 500 world-leading youth involved in solutions and initiatives that address climate change. The 2-day summit hosted in New York will be held ahead of the UN Climate Change Summit.
30 July 2019:
CO2 product industry valued at $US1 trillion
Imaging turning the CO2 from steel and concrete production into something useful, like sustainable building materials. That’s the role that emerging technologies could play in meeting our emission reduction targets, as The Fifth Estate heard at the Siemens Digitalise conference in Brisbane heard.
CO2 Value Australia launch
GreenMag Group buyout UON shareholding as MCi prepares for capital raise
As MCi progresses toward its first industrial demonstration plant, founding shareholder GreenMag has bought out the University of Newcastle's shareholding for an undisclosed sum. Preparations are being made for the July 2019 private investment opening.
UON continues to be a valued research partner.
19 March 2019:
MCi presents to general assembly of CO2 Value Europe (CVE) in Cologne
MCi presents its progress to members of the CVE forum in Cologne Germany. This group is building the momentum for CO2 solutions in industry which reduce emissions whilst creating economic value.
MCi completed 5 year pilot plant program
MCi has successfully completed its 5-year program to build and test its first-of-a-kind research pilot reactors. It continues to progress its follow-on research, funded by CRC-P grants. MCi is currently developing designs
for demonstration plants and advanced materials development.
25 June 2018:
MCi: award: Resource Innovator of the Year
MCi wins first place in the
Global Raw Material Summit in Berlin. COO Sophia Hamblin Wang represented MCi at this year's competition by pitching against other leading solutions in chemical engineering for new materials technologies.
16 April 2018:
2nd Australia-Japan Symposium on Carbon Resource Utilisation
MCi COO Sophia Hamblin Wang presents the initial outline for an Australian carbon industry network to be formed to assist in aligning industry with the participants and solutions in the carbon value chain.
25 August 2017:
Public Unveiling of MCi Latest Pilot Plant
NSW Minister Don Harwin at public unveiling of MCi’s latest semi-continuous pilot plant.
18 August 2017:
Beyond Zero Emissions book launch
BZE’s launch of ‘Rethinking Cement’. CEO Marcus Dawe presented MCi’s technology as a solution to carbon utilisation in cements to audience.
20 July 2017:
Presenting at ICCU15 in Shanghai
15th International Conference on CO2 Utilisation in Shanghai : CTO Mark Rayson talks about MCi’s technology as a solution to carbon utilisation.
1 July 2017:
R&D program expands with CRC-P grant
MCi kicks off its next project with a $2.4m grant and shareholder contributions. The 3-year program will extend research with the UON and Orica, to support the integration of simulated flue gases containing CO2 from industrial sources into the pilot plant.
20 June 2017:
CEO Marcus Dawe discusses MCi's technology, as a solution for carbon utilisation, at the Global CCS Institute
Asia Pacific Forum.
2 March 2017:
First experimental carbonate bricks created
MCi creates its first experimental building materials, developed from the bulk carbonates produced by its latest semi-continuous plant (which is now commissioned).