Concrete that powers electric equipment
By Catrin Jones11 January 2022
Holcim is partnering with the German startup Magment to improve its magnetizable concrete technology for road surfaces to enable electric vehicles to recharge wirelessly while in motion.
Known as ‘inductive charging’ this concrete-based solution reduces the need for charging stations, one of the barriers to electric equipment. It is made possible by a unique concrete with high magnetic permeability jointly developed by Holcim and Magment’s research and development teams.
The technology is currently being tested by researchers at Purdue University, Indiana, US with highway trials planned. Other applications under development include the electrification of industrial floors to recharge robots and forklifts as they work.
Edelio Bermejo, head of Holcim’s Global Innovation Centre, said, “We are innovating to put concrete at the centre of our world’s transition to net-zero. With Magment, we are excited to be developing concrete solutions to accelerate electric mobility. Partnering with start-ups all over the world we are constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation to lead the way in sustainability.”