NC A&T State University Coal Ash Composite
Using a polymer to encapsulate the coal ash, this simple technology prevents the leaching of heavy metals into the groundwater and the air. The material can be molded into a wide variety of shapes and density, which creates a wide range of applications. This process does not require the returning of the ash to create the ideal carbon content. Any dry ash will work. This prevents further emissions into the environment, while conserving water and energy.
The primary objective of the National Creative Placemaking Fund Grant is to demonstrate that this polymer encapsulation process is a viable alternative storage solution for coal ash.
Research includes extensive testing related to leachability and ability to withstand pressure.