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SmartCrusher bv has developed a technique for recovering the sand, the gravel and the cement from concrete.

Information about this technique is shown and explained in the video.

From Design of ‘The Next Generation’ of Economical and Ecological Equipment
to Delivery and Maintenance

Sustainable Concrete Recycling - c2c - With the SmartCrusher

Mission
SmartCrusher bv's goal is to reach: Climate neutral circular building in its broadest sense.

The SmartCrusher not only makes it possible to create almost climate neutral new concrete from concrete waste. Right now, also the quality and economical aspects (even without calculating the tender benefits and tax advantages) of the SmartCrusher technologies are definitely advantageous.

In addition to the existing SmartCrusher (crushing/milling) technology, additional technologies are under development that will make concrete completely 100% circular.

Read more about Concrete and the Environment. SmartCrusher as the solution, read why.

News
TimeLapse "Construction of the SmartCrusher"
Published on June, 22nd 2018 A timelapse of the construction of the first life size SmartCrusher. In a period of time of 6 weeks the SmartCrusher has been built, its software implemented and after fine tuning successfully delivered.

As published earlier this SmartCrusher is now fully operational under the name of Smart Liberator.

Holland Circular Hotspot SmartCrusher in article in the "Circular is Going Global Magazine"
Published on June, 21st 2018 In the week of June 11-14 more than 150 visitors from 20 countries came to the Netherlands to the Holland Circular Economy Week to meet, connect and exchange knowledge in the field of circular economy.

SmartCrusher was also present, in the HCH Magazine "Circular is Going Global Magazine" in the subject Construction an article about the SmartCrusher is published. Read the article.

There were many wonderful initiatives, so make sure to read the complete magazine "Circular is Going Global".

Solid partnership SmartCrusher with Rutte Groep
Solid partner for SmartCrusher - Proud of collaboration with the Rutte Groep
Published on June 8th, 2018 We are pleased to announce that SmartCrusher has found a solid partner in the Rutte Groep. An excellent cooperation with the Rutte Groep and New Horizon Urban Mining for the deployment of the SmartCrusher.

Michel Baars (NewHorizon), André Kuipers and Youri Rutte (Rutte Groep) at the presentation of Freement
Left to right: Michel Baars (NewHorizon), André Kuipers and
Youri Rutte (Rutte Groep) at the presentation of Freement
During the Provada - with support from astronaut André Kuipers - the Smart Liberator is launched. "We literally take value from concrete", says Michel Baars (owner of New Horizon Urban Mining)

In recent weeks, many news items have been dedicated to the Smart Liberator.

  1. (Dutch) news reports at RTL 4 News (starts at 17m:53s), NH Media (AT5) and De Telegraaf.
  2. English article in de Ingenieur and Dutch articles in NRC, de Volkskrant, FD, Trouw and Kijk Magazine.
Event 20-06-2018: Towards a thriving industry in a net-zero emissions Europe SmartCrusher - Speaker - Towards a thriving industry in a net-zero emissions Europe
Published May 29th, 2018 How to align Europe’s resource and energy-intensive industries with the Paris Agreement?
The event brings together policy makers, industry representatives, NGOs and experts to discuss the potential and ways to reduce emissions from industry in Europe in order to guarantee its long-term competitiveness in a net zero carbon world. More information can be found on the website from the European Climate Foundation.

Koos Schenk is one of the speakers. See you at the event!

SmartCrusher technology in Concrete-to-Concrete Interreg project. SmartCrusher technology in Concrete-to-Concrete Interreg project
Published March, 10th 2018 Within the Interreg Flanders-Netherlands project "Concrete to high-quality Concrete", which started in March 2018, the SmartCrusher technology plays an important role, to make new concrete from concrete rubble.

Within this collaborative project with various Belgian and Dutch partners will be examined, among other things, how the materials (especially the cement hydrate) released from the Smart Crushing of concrete can be further upgraded by processing it with microwaves to reuse in new concrete.

The Circular Award Construction 2018 SmartCrusher wins the Circular Award Construction 2018
Published January 22, 2018 On 15 January the presentation of the transition agendas '(Dutch site) The Netherlands Circular in 2050' took place. The winners were also announced for the Circular Awards. SmartCrusher was heralded the winner of the Circular Award Construction 2018

Led by jury chairman Prof. Dr. Louise Vet (NIOO-KNAW) and an expert jury, SmartCrusher was proclaimed winner Circular Award Construction 2018. The jury consisting of 7 more renowned experts in the field of circularity, namely:

  • Emmo Meijer (figurehead of Top Sector Chemistry)
  • Fried Kaanen (chairman of Metaalunie)
  • Anne-Marie Rakhorst (entrepreneur, investor and publicist in the field of sustainability)
  • Kees Veerman (Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management)
  • Bart Bleijerveld (co-founder Better Future Factory, DJ100)
  • Jos Keurentjes (chairman of the Plastics transition team, Chief Scientific Officer of TNO)
  • Elphi Nelissen (chairman of the Construction transition, professor of building sustainability and dean of TU / e Faculty of Architecture, director of Nelissen Ingenieursbureau BV and chairman of SER-Brabant)
Read the full article
Ambitious climate action with circular economy - Presentation slides SmartCrusher called one of the needed Game Changers at the UN climate conference (COP23) in Bonn
Updated January 25th, 2018 In November 2017 a presentation is given by Jelmer Hoogzaad from Shifting Paradigms and Matthieu Bardout from Circle Economy at the UN climate conference (COP23) in Bonn. In this presentation SmartCrusher is called one of the much needed Game Changers.

In the section publications the presentation Ambitious climate action with circular economy can be downloaded.

Also read the report "Global Circularity Gap"

Cement Online - Claimed CO2 absorption by concrete incorrect Article "Claimed CO2 absorption by concrete incorrect" published on Cement Online
Updated March 7, 2017 The article "Claimed CO2 absorption by concrete incorrect" written by SmartCrusher is published on Cement Online (in Dutch).

In the section publications the article "Claimed CO2 absorption concrete incorrect" can be downloaded.

In November 2016 the Dutch newspaper NRC published the article (in Dutch) Concrete disrupts the CO2 records.

Update Prioritizing perspectives concrete chain sustainability 2016 Update Prioritizing perspectives concrete chain sustainability 2016
Published November 4, 2016 A new update is published about "Prioritizing perspectives concrete chain sustainability".

Read the (Dutch) update 2016 here.

Open chapter "Mechanische cementrecycling" where SmartCrusher is described.

Winner circular economy Smart City Event R'dam. Winner circular economy Smart City Event R'dam.
Published June 2, 2016 A successful pitch at the Smart City Event. Reliving a bit of the event? Watch the aftermovie of the event
SmartCrusher - Presentations - Constructive sustainability 2.0 SmartCrusher - Presentations - Constructive sustainability 2.0
Updated May 11, 2018 Alef Schippers and Koos Schenk tell all about the SmartCrusher method of green concrete recycling.

A presentation held at the (Dutch) Sounding Board Meeting: Theme Circular Economy of the (Dutch) Sustainable Supplier Juni 21st, 2016. Presented among others for the anteagroup and Movaris.

Previous presented on Netwerk Betonketen (in Dutch) and earlier at VNConstructeurs (in Dutch). In the section publications the most recent version (2018) of the English presentation can be downloaded.

SmartCrusher 0-2 versus Norm sand Strength development Smart Crusher sand and cement.
Published April 3, 2016 In November 2014 mortar tests have been carried out in cooperation with / at a concrete-products company regarding 0-2 mm material (sand and cement fractions), obtained by using the SmartCrushing technique from concrete aggregates of concrete paving stones. This 0-2 mm material (in a way SmartCrusher sand) has been compared with (pure) Norm sand 0-2mm.

In the section publications the report on the comparison can be found.
SmartCrusher - Innovation - Omroep Brabant SmartCrusher in Booming Brabant from Omroep Brabant (Dutch television)
Published February 21, 2016 Booming Brabant weekly shows what is happening in the Brabant (Netherlands) economy. With emphasis on innovative and international developments. In the broadcast of February 18 the focus is on SmartCrusher.
Watch the (Dutch spoken) reportage here.
Cementing our Future - SmartCrusher SmartCrusher in "The Optimist"
Published February 4, 2016 An interview about SmartCrusher is published in the American magazine The Optimist. This magazine published positive stories about positive influence on society. In the section publications the article is published.
New report Closed-loop Economy New report "Closed-loop Economy"
Published December 5, 2015 In the section publications a new report is included, published by Leiden University and TU Delft: Closed-loop Economy
A new report and presentation on Circular Construction Published September 4, 2015 A new report and presentation on Circular Construction is now available under the section publications. Thanks to ABN-Amro and circle economy.
CyBe SmartCrusher bv and CyBe bv are discussing a cooperation based on “Cooperation without limitation”.
Published June 28, 2015 The underlying motivation for SmartCrusher bv is that, on its own, SmartCrusher bv can make the chain of “only” half of all the new concrete circular and, as a result, climate neutral (the prognosis for the quantity of new concrete required is roughly twice the projected quantity of concrete rubble being released). To accelerate closing the concrete cycle completely and reducing CO2 emissions in the process, a different way of concrete construction is required. This means that it must be possible in concrete construction to realise the same quality and quantity of constructions by using substantially less new concrete. As 3D concrete printing is in many respects one of the promising and innovative technologies to this end, SmartCrusher bv is keen to contribute to this. To learn more about 3D concrete printing, please visit www.cybe.eu.
SmartCrusher at Koploper Meeting on the 23rd of April.
Published March 6, 2015 SmartCrusher is honored to be asked by Pieter Parmentier ENF Foundation to participate in the annual Koploper (Leader) Meeting on April 23 in the Dom Church Utrecht.
Impression of Koploper Meeting 2015 - Information Koploper Meeting
SmartCrusher in Dutch radio show "Vroege Vogels", broadcasted March 2015.
Published March 3, 2015 Last year (November 26th, 2014) SmartCrusher was interviewed by the Vara radio show "Vroege Vogels". The Dutch interview can be listened to at the website of "Vroege Vogels". Click here to go to the interview
Top 5 start-ups that leave their mark in 2015.
Published January 2, 2015 Look here for our listing on Duurzaambedrijfsleven.nl
Photo with the winners of the ASN Bank World Price 2014 Winner of the ASN Bank World Prize 2014.
Published December 4, 2014 SmartCrusher is the winner of the ASN Bank World Prize 2014. Theme: Renewable energy, nature and environment. Read more on Voordewereldvanmorgen.nl
SmartCrusher in Dutch newspaper "de Volkskrant".
Published November 25, 2014 An article about SmartCrusher is published. "Crush concrete without CO2 burden", by Jeroen Trommelen - De Volkskrant. Read the Dutch article online at Volkskrant.nl
Publications
Op On page 7 - table 1 under number 8 the SmartCrusher is mentioned. Page 21 - table 3 shows that with the SmartCrusher technique a reduction potential of 1440 kton/year CO2 and cost reduction of minus €101,- per ton CO2 are possible.

Aforementioned huge reduction is only possible if the concrete rubble with SmartCrusher released cement hydrate new Sulpho calcium aluminate (No. 3) cement is processed. Without SmartCrusher released materials but manufactured from new marl, Sulpho Calcium aluminate cements (No. 3) only score a reduction of 600Kton / year (versus 1440kton / year with SmartCrusher).

This report assumes that all the cement in concrete rubble finished reacting (hydrated) which is proved not so. If this was taken into account then both economic and ecological benefits could have been twice as much.

The CO2 reduction costs will increase with €101,- per ton! This winning combination is completely omitted in subsequent CE Delft report, probably under the influence of the "traditional market".

The TU Delft report mainly describes the economic differences between C2CA TU Delft and the SmartCrusher technique from SmartCrusher BV. On page 29, these differences are graphically presented to provide an easy overview.

The reported time table (until 2050) is almost entirely driven by C2CA. The forecast is that in 2016 the SmartCrusher is operational. The prognosis is that it is autonomous operational in 2019.

This BETONIEK in Figure 4 on page 4 nicely shows how much unused cement can be obtained from concrete debris.

If back then the concrete rubble was created with a Portland cement A and a water / cement ratio wcf 0.4 then the degree of hydration is up to 60%. Meaning, the SmartCrusher could obtain a minimum of 40% new cement from that concrete rubble.

Partners

Concrete to high-quality concrete. In this project, an installation is being built in the border region to process concrete debris into the original cement, sand and gravel components (SmartCrusher technology). The hydrated cement is regenerated in a microwave oven. This way, new high quality concrete can be made from concrete rubble. Fiber-reinforced concrete will also be developed to limit material consumption.


Rutte Groep The deployment of the SmartCrusher. SmartCrusher has found a solid partner in the Rutte Group. An excellent cooperation with the Rutte Group and New Horizon Urban Mining for the deployment of the SmartCrusher. The SmartCrusher is used for all the concrete released during the dismantling of buildings within New Horizon projects.
CSR Netherlands


SmartCrusher BV is an active partner of CSR Netherlands. As a partner we are striving towards corporate social responsibility. It is our belief that together we can make a difference. See the website CSR Netherlands for our CSR ambitions and our progress.