Our launch video from 2013 explains the mineral carbonation process...
Mineral carbonation is a natural process, we are accelerating it to store more CO2 safely and permanently for good.
Major Milestones and News Events in the recent past
4 May 2020:
Sophia chats with podcast host Osher Gunsberg
Osher Gunsberg has an in-depth conversation with Sophia about a range of topics directly related to the establishment of MCi as a clean technology company, how she came to the business and built her capacity as Chief Operations Officer, the early R&D phase and her observations of the carbon capture and utilisation field. She also reflects on the trends occurring in the international business community, including the need to become more innovative and disruptive.
Interview begins from timecode 14:30.
20 March 2020:
Sophia and MCi featured as cover story in THE DEAL magazine
Technology Editor David Swan interviews Sophia about her path to becoming COO of MCi and the potential for carbon utilisation technology.
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:
MCi COO Sophia Hamblin Wang 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.
Sept 22 2019:
MCi's COO Sophia Hamblin Wang selected by UN as youth representative to inaugural Youth Climate Summit in New York
Around 500 of the world's most active youth working on solutions and initiatives addressing climate change were invited by the United Nations to attend the 2 day summit in New York ahead of the UN Climate Change Summit 2019. Sophia is recognised from her work with MCi, Global Shapers, and newly formed CO2 Value Australia as an accomplished youth leader and an emerging Australian figure and commentator on industry sustainability and adaptation to low carbon pathways.
July 30 2019:
A trillion dollar industry emerging to convert CO2 into useful products
Imagine turning the CO2 from steel and cement into something useful, such as more 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 last week.
CO2 Value Australia or 'CVA' is launched with MCi as a foundation shareholder
MCi amongst several other organisations has formed an advocacy group in Australia called CO2 Value Australia or CVA. This organisation is advancing the awareness of the emerging field of CO2 utilisation in industry and the economy and following the lead from the European equivalent group CO2 Value Europe which now has over 70 members. CVA website is http://www.co2value.org.au
GreenMag Group buyout University Newcastle shareholding as MCi prepares for capital raise
Now with solid techno-economics, MCi is progressing towards its first industrial demonstration plants showing it can create value out of CO2 and reduce emissions in industry with its climate mitigation technology. In preparation for industry and private investment opening in July 2019, the founding shareholder GreenMag Group has bought out the University of Newcastle shareholding for an undisclosed sum. University of Newcastle continue to be a valued research partner.
March 19 2019:
COO Sophia Hamblin Wang presents to general assembly of CO2 Value Europe (CVE) in Cologne
MCi presents it 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 funded 5 year program to build and test its first of a kind research pilot reactors. It continues to progress its follow on research funded with the Commonwealth CRC-P grants which now see it progressing towards designs for demonstration plants and advanced materials development.
June 25 2018:
MCi named Resource Innovator of the Year in Berlin
MCi wins first place in Global Raw Material Summit in Berlin in June 2018. COO Sophia Hamblin Wang represented MCi in this year's competition pitching against other leading solutions in chemical engineering for new materials technologies.
April 16 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.
August 25 2017:
Public Unveiling of MCi Latest Pilot Plant
NSW Minister Don Harwin at public unveiling of MCi’s latest semi-continuous pilot plant.
August 18 2017:
Beyond Zero Emissions book launch
BZE’s launch of ‘Rethinking Cement’. CEO Marcus Dawe talks about MCi’s technology as a solution to carbon utilisation in cements to audience.
July 20 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.
July 1 2017:
MCi extends R&D program for another 3 years with Commonwealth Government funding from CRC-P grant and shareholders
MCi through its major shareholder and chemical engineering partner Orica, kicks off its next $AUD8.3m project funded by the Commonwealth through a competitive CRC-P grant of $AUD2.4m and shareholder contributions to further extend the MCi technology platform. This 3 year program will extend research with the University of Newcastle and Orica to support the build and integration of simulated flue gases containing CO2 from industrial sources into the pilot plant. Industries with CO2 flue gas streams such as cement and steel manufacturing, as well as fossil fuel based power plants are being investigated. Not requiring pure compressed CO2 would substantially reduce the cost of the CO2 capture and allow for wider adoption of the MCi platform in industry as they seek to lower their own carbon emissions through economical solutions for carbon utilisation.
June 20 2017:
Global CCS Institute Asia Pacific Forum: CEO Marcus Dawe talks about MCi’s technology as a solution to carbon utilisation.
March 2 2017:
First experimental carbonate bricks created
MCi creates first experimental building materials from bulk carbonates produced from its latest semi-continuous plant which is now commissioned.
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.
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 multidisciplinary and draws on talents in research, chemical engineering, policy, business, communications and management. We have been methodically moving through the technology readiness cycle (TRL), innovating, experimenting, designing, building and testing. We are focussed on reducing technical risks and developing the economic models that would allow for the wide spread adoption for our technology globally.
With generous funding and investment we have a dedicated Team advised by the best minds in our field and a program peer reviewed by our governments. We have been developing our technology platform for 11 years and focussed the last 5 years on our pilot plant program. We are now progressing with another 3 year funding agreement with the Commonwealth and our partners.
We are now aiming to have a design for a demonstration plant that could process 15,00-25,000 tonnes per annum of CO2. This would then scale roughly every 3 years to a further 10 fold scale increase in capacity. Ultimately a scale of 2 million tonnes of CO2 processed per plant is planned with our technology.
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 research and technology has been developed under the observation and peer review of our government and industry funders.
We have several patents awarded and provisionally protected patents, however much of our technology stack and know-how is not disclosed.
Work With Us
We are seeking partnerships with industrial companies in building products, cement, steel, engineering, power, waste processing, oil & gas, chemicals/ explosives & mining industries. Our technology can create valuable products for industry from CO2 / flue gas streams using mineral feedstocks. We are developing pre-feasibility studies for regional solutions.
Contact us if you would like to discuss an opportunity to partner.
We have the capability to carbonate many source feedstock materials on large scale (kgs/tonnes) to allow for new products to be developed through carbonation and can validate lab scale tests at scale to assess the techno/economic viability of a new material or product into market.
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 rigor, experience and implementation science to the pilot plant. We work with many other research organisations who have complementary themes that may assist in adoption of our solutions for global customers. University of Sydney, Columbia University and A*Star in Singapore are some key collaborators in our technology development.
Carbon Utilisation Field
The question asked with carbon utilisation is not "How much does it cost to store a tonne of CO2 away?" rather "How much value can we create from a tonne of CO2 - on scale?"
Advanced carbonation is now becoming a seriously researched and developed field as it differentiates itself as a technology for carbon utilisation. This is completely different from the CCS / geo-sequestration technology field.
Our scientific field is attracting funding from many governments including UK, EU, Canada, Singapore, Finland, Holland, South Africa and now China. The recent 2018 International ACEME Conference in Australia brought the world's lead researchers together to share our progress.
We welcome all solutions to CO2 Utilisation. Without collaboration there is no market. Some of the first entrants into the market are complimentary to MCi's platform such as Carbon8 in the UK which is processing air pollution residues into aggregates profitably. This is a pollution management solution but still uses CO2 as the transforming agent in the process.
Many cement and concrete solutions are now being developed through CO2 Utilisation.
We believe climate solutions must have and maintain social license from the inception. We engage with many of the environmental groups and think tanks globally and provide briefings to them, governments and industry on the lifecycle impact of our technology platform to decarbonise industry and create value.
Contact us if you wish to discuss our environmental and sustainability agenda for our technology development.
CEO & Managing Director
:: GreenMag Group CEO & Co-Founder
:: Orica Chief Scientist (Emeritus)
Non-executive Board Director
:: Legal Counsel
Sophia Hamblin Wang
MCi Chief Operating Officer (COO) and
Climate Sustainability Evangelist
Dr. Mark Rayson
MCi Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
:: Orica Senior Scientist and Chemical Engineer
Dr. Geoff Brent
MCi Chief Scientist
:: Orica Senior Scientist and Chemical Engineer
MCi Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary
What we are saying publicly
We would like to keep you informed as we make progress.