On October 21, 2014, the Houston Chronicle ran the following story on the Skyonic SkyMine, built by Toyo Thai-USA:
Skyonic Corp. on Tuesday dedicated its first-of-a-kind San Antonio factory, one that captures carbon dioxide emissions from a cement plant for conversion to byproducts that can be sold profitably to other industries.
The $125 million Capitol SkyMine factory’s environmental benefits took top billing at the dedication ceremony attended by about 300 people.
Capitol SkyMine, which took about a year to build, will capture 15 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions, or 75,000 tons per year, from Zachry Corp.’s adjacent Capitol Aggregates cement plant that will be turned into baking soda, bleach and hydrochloric acid. The cement plant emits carbon dioxide from burning coal in the cement-making process.
Austin-based Skyonic, founded in 2005, has lined up industrial customers for the byproducts in long-term contracts and expects to clear $48 million in annual revenue and a profit of $28 million.
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