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Geoprime®, the material and recipe for sustainable construction – available now!

Geoprime® is a sustainable and cement-free infrastructure solution for a range of concrete product applications

 

Completely equivalent to traditional cement-based concrete, Geoprime® is a reliable, safe and sustainable solution for all kinds of needs.

Advantages of Geoprime®

80% pienempi

Lower
CO2 emissions

vihreä lehti ja 100%

Cement-free building material

Kilon paino ja 100%

Same toughness as concrete

The Geoprime® solution can reduce CO2 emissions from concrete raw materials by up to 80%

80 smaller co2

TECHNOLOGY

Geopolymer concrete of a new era


The Geoprime products are based on a geopolymer solution. A geopolymer is an inorganic polymer that can be used for creating new materials, for example, to replace concrete.

Geoprime concrete consists of components from industrial side streams and Betolar’s proprietary Geoprime activator, but no climate-unfriendly cement.

Geoprime® components

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The continuously developing, optimised recipe is based on Betolar's proprietary research and development.

QUALITY

Long-term research

Geopolymers have been studied for decades in various research institutes in Finland and abroad.

In recent years, research on the Geoprime solution has increasingly focused on basic research on product groups and applications, and has extensively explored the properties and behaviour of the Geoprime material and products in different applications and conditions.

Geoprime has been tested in accordance with concrete standards and is equivalent to concrete in all essential aspects. That makes Geoprime a safe and sustainable solution for versatile applications and varying conditions in infrastructure, industry and the construction applications, to name a few.

Properties tested across product areas:

  • Compressive strength, bending strength and splitting tensile strength that meet the requirements of a range of concrete products 
  • Excellent sulphate resistance
  • The suitability of using reinforcement in Geoprime products has been tested and reinforcement can be used the same way as in portland cement concrete products.
  • Studies on Geoprime’s long-term durability in different conditions demonstrate that Geoprime meets the requirements for various exposure classes for concrete. 
  • Geoprime’s other properties, such as drying shrinkage, creep and acid resistance, are being studied and the research programme will be expanded to meet customer needs. 

 

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Betolar ISO certificates

ISO 9001 quality standard
ISO 14001 environmental standard
ISO 45001 occupational health and safety standard

 

Advantages of geopolymer concrete 

Advantages of Geoprime compared to traditional concrete made with portland cement .

 

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ENVIRONMENTAL  IMPACT

A green solution

The construction industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. The culprit is cement, the main raw material of traditional concrete.

The extraction of limestone required for the production of cement consumes an enormous amount of virginal natural resources. In addition, the lime is heated at a high temperature, which releases a large amount of carbon dioxide into the air as a result of chemical degradation.

 

This is where Geoprime can make a difference 

7%

Proportion of global CO2 emissions from cement production


Industrial production generates billions of tonnes of side streams every year which end up as waste, since they have no significant further use.

As with traditional concrete products, Geoprime products can be reused throughout their life cycle. Like portland cement concrete, Geoprime products are recyclable at the end of their life cycle. Geoprime waste can be used to make concrete aggregate, which can be used as rock material for construction purposes, for example. The environmental friendliness and technical feasibility of concrete aggregate made of waste products should always be examined at the manufacturing stage. 

Geoprime® Experiences

Jaakko Eloranta hymyilee kameralle rintakuvassa

“The concrete industry needs new solutions to reduce emissions. We will invest in the production of new, more environmentally-friendly concrete products in Kokkola, Finland, which will create significant competitive advantage for our industry”


Jaakko Eloranta
CEO, JA-KO Betoni

Bernhard Klöppner

“Geoprime® allows us to transition to using low-carbon concrete products in all of our units, step by step”


Bernhard Klöppner
CEO, FC Nüdling Group

APPLICATIONS

Geoprime® products

Geoprime can already be used for several types of concrete products in infrastructure construction, such as paving blocks, poles and construction blocks. As R&D progresses, Geoprime can also replace traditional cement-based concrete in an increasing number of construction applications.

 

Industrially manufactured products

  • Paving blocks and flags 
  • Concrete products for infrastructure construction
  • Concrete pipes

and 

  • Blocks and pole foundations

 

Manufacturers

Continuous development 

The progress of development and testing will expand Geoprime applications into facades and frame elements, cast products, insulation and chemical stabilisation. Future applications will include masonry products and wet cast concrete, enabling the Geoprime solution to replace cement in many different applications, such as ready-mixed concrete, soil stabilisation and mining operations.

3D-mallinnettuja valmistusvaiheita
  • Soil stabilisation
  • Traffic artery construction
  • Earthworks
  • Self-levelling concrete and floor screeds
  • Other structural substances
  • Building elements

INFORMATION BANK

Geoprime® Glossary 

Activator

Usually a liquid substance which is used to activate the binder and harden the geopolymer mass. The concentration and quantity of the activator can be adjusted to achieve the desired characteristics in the end product. An activator can be a commercial product that is widely available on the market or a certified proprietary product.

Aggregates

Rock materials that belong to the scope of the standard SFS-EN 12620 Aggregates for concrete. In special applications, aggregates might also be other materials from secondary sources (such as green liquor dregs), provided that their functionality in geopolymers has been established by sufficient studies and preliminary tests.

CEM cement standard

Groups cements into five main types based on their composition: CEM I Ordinary portland cement, CEM II Hybrid portland cement, CEM III Blast furnace slag cement, CEM IV Pozzolanic cement and CEM V Composite cements.

Factory test

An industrial-scale test in which geopolymer mass is produced in a factory environment with the factory’s production equipment. The mass used for manufacturing test specimens and, potentially also the desired products, which are then stored and tested in the normal conditions of the factory. The aim is to ensure that the manufacturing recipe based on the preliminary tests in the laboratory actually works in the factory environment. The experiences and results of the factory tests are then used to determine whether further laboratory testing is needed.

Geopolymer

A material made by mixing a binder, activators, possible additives, aggregates and water, and potentially additional components or fibres to create a material with specific properties after the activators have hardened the binder.

Laboratory testing

Tests carried out in Betolar’s laboratory to verify the final properties of the Geoprime material and to develop recipes for various concrete construction applications. Laboratory testing also includes testing the aggregates provided by the client in order to produce a recipe for geopolymer products/masses that meets the characteristics and target costs agreed on with the client as closely as possible and also enables industrial tests to be carried out.