C-Probe’s Low Carbon Anode Mortar is Shortlisted for Material Performance’s ‘Corrosion Innovation of the Year’ Award

C-Probe are delighted to announce that their alkali activated cementitious anode mortar, LoCem®, has been nominated for the Materials Performance (MP) magazine’s Corrosion Innovation of the Year Awards. Winners of this year’s shortlist will represent some of the most promising technologies in the industry today and the significant impact their innovations have on corrosion control.

LoCem® is a low carbon concrete repair material made from repurposed industrial waste (such as steel, fossil fuels and mining) and ambient blended with no heat, offering over 90% CO2e saving compared to CEM I. The material is acts as a sustainable replacement to Portland cement and is also specifically formulated to an anode mortar for both galvanic and impressed current cathodic protection systems.

The ultra-low resistivity and conductivity of LoCem® means it is possible to pass electrical current to provide cathodic protection to the steel frames of masonry and concrete infrastructure. The implementation of this material helps to control corrosion issues, but also retain embodied carbon by controlling environmental impact that causes corrosion, which have recently been made worse by climate change. Using LoCem® as part of the repair or new build fabric of the structure offers indefinite life to structures, and contribution to Net Zero and the circular economy.

LoCem® products vertically integrate with C-Probe’s Achilles Suite of Structural Healthcare Systems for remote online monitoring, control and management of installed corrosion protection systems and early detection of defects. The whole implemented system means that corrosion is controlled indefinitely, and performance data is available to prove the technology was able to perform as anticipated for the whole service life.

This corrosion innovation has been utilised in a range of restoration projects in the UK, USA, Canada and Caribbean.  It has already attracted awards including the Fiatech CETI, the Building Innovation Award for Best New Emerging Technology in 2021, and more recently in 2022 with the Lucy G Moses Preservation award for cathodic protection of the colonnades at The Helmsley Building, in New York City.

Structural Corrosion of 230 Park Avenue

Structural corrosion of 230 Park Avenue, The Helmsley Building, in NYC.

Alongside this, it has been used on the old Terry’s Chocolate Factory in York, reinforced concrete car parks, and plaza decks (Concourse in New York City).

A special ceremony will take place on Monday, March 20th, 2023, outside the Exhibit Hall entrance at the 2023 AMPP Annual Conference + Expo in Denver, CO to announce the final 10 winners.

If you’d like further information on LoCem® and how it can be used in your restoration projects, please contact cwalker@c-probe.com

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