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.
First Major Coal Ash Composite Installation Complete
Dhruva Shivakumar created an Eagle Scout Project for Brooks Global Studies Elementary School in Greensboro, NC. He shared his experience of working with his dad on this project in this extended interview. See local news coverage below.
NC A&T Researchers Looking For New Ways To Use Coal Ash, by Naomi Prioleau, WUNC 91.5, July 31, 2018.
Constructed From Coal Ash: Researchers Find New Ways To Use Byproduct, by Alma McCarty, WFMY News2, July 23, 2018.
Constructed From Coal Ash Facebook Preview, by Alma McCarty, WFMY News2, July 23, 2018.
A&T Researchers Devise New Uses For Old Ash, by Taft Wireback, Greensboro News & Record, August 16, 2017.
Scientists at NC A&T Make Coal Ash Breakthrough, by Taft Wireback, Greensboro News & Record, July 1, 2016.
N.C. A&T Researchers Find Use For Coal Ash, by Taft Wireback, Greensboro News & Record, June 14, 2014.
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.