Ceramext™ technology has developed a newly patented hot-forging process that can transform even low-cost waste materials into advanced impermeable high strength patented ceramic compositions. Many new ceramic compositions are derived from waste materials including reservoir sediments, mine tailings, quarry fines, biomass ash, garbage incinerator ash, and coal fly ash. These waste materials, without using binders, can produce high quality floor, wall and roof tiles, building cladding, bricks, pavers, and other ceramic products suitable for marketing at competitive prices. With Ceramext™ technology, technology, porcelain quality tiles can be efficiently produced by only screening raw waste materials, eliminating expensive grinding and spray drying steps.
Climate change and increased populations have made it challenging to maintain some reservoir water capacities due to the need for sediment removal and lack of disposal sites. In California, more than 100 reservoirs can no longer be dredged due to mercury contamination exacerbated by dredging. The fine sands and silts from the sediments, whether dredged or dry mined when the reservoir is periodically drained, can be turned into high quality ceramics using Ceramext™ technologies. At the temperatures necessary for Ceramext production, mercury is volatile and can be safely recovered in the kiln flues using activated carbon filters in the vapor phase.
At the request of NASA and other agencies, Ceramext has presented its methods of manufacturing ceramic infrastructure from regolith (crushed rock, such as basalt fines), which is plentiful on the Moon, Mars, and other extra-terrestrial sites, as well as on Earth. Ceramext™ technology does not require air, water, or binders allowing the building of habitat, launch pads and other structures from 100% in-situ materials.