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Progressive Planet Solutions starts field trials and Ag-Tech plant construction


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The new mill allows PLAN to produce 500kg of material per day, which is ample quantity for field trials in both the cement and agriculture industries.

September 22, 2022  By  Canadian Manufacturing


KAMLOOPS — Progressive Planet Solutions Inc., a manufacturer of agricultural, household and industrial products whose blue-sky technology turns post-consumer glass into cement using CO2 sequestration, announces the commencing of low-carbon cement field trials and Ag-Tech plant construction.

Earlier this month, PLAN received and commissioned a custom-designed batch ball mill ordered in January 2022. In the past, PLAN could only produce lab scale quantities of 100 grams per day. The new mill allows PLAN to produce 500kg of material per day, which is ample quantity for field trials in both the cement and agriculture industries.

Immediately upon receiving this mill, PLAN produced and dropped off 500kg of PozGlass™ SCM, PozDE™ SCM, and PozZeo™ SCM samples requested by three companies in Calgary. PozZeo SCM is a zeolite-based SCM designed for the magnesium cement industry.

ZS2 Technologies Inc., one of the three companies provided samples, shared 7-day test results for a 33 weight-percent incorporation of PozGlass SCM and PozZeo SCM samples into their magnesium-based cement showing more than twice the required structural capacity of Portland cement.

“Progressive Planet has provided us a circular economy solution, a post-consumer glass product currently bound for landfill, and it has shown considerable strength benefits in our waste-to-cement products,” said Dr. Doug Brown, CTO of ZS2. “We are excited by the potential to further lower ZS2’s cement carbon footprint by being an early adopter in the commercialization of PozGlass SCM. If lab results scale, we anticipate requirements in excess of several thousand tonnes in our Phase I plant’s first year of operation with Phase II deployment expected to exceed 20 thousand tonnes annually of PozGlass SCM.”

As referenced in the MD&A, PLAN intends to process low-carbon cements and regenerative fertilizers in a separate building to the legacy operations, which hopes to increase processing output while utilizing existing team members and equipment where possible.

“PLAN operates a business that sells innovative products to customers in every province and every state,” says Steve Harpur, CEO of PLAN. “With a mandate to grow, we are committed to co-producing fertilizers and cements while maintaining our legacy business.”


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