GEO320™ is new bio-polymer™ alloy synthetic, bio-bitumen™, biobitumen™, Bioasphalt™ and biopave™ technologies made from non-petroleum renewable natural waste material and waste recycled resources, GEO320 is a bio polymer alloy adhesive binder that is made preferably from low molecular weight (Molecular mass) waste and biomass materials such as lignin and cellulose, sugar and molasses, vinasses, natural tree and gum resins, natural latex rubber and vegetable oils, also suitable raw materials are, palm oil waste, coconut waste, peanut oil waste, canola oil waste, potato, wheat and rice starches and GEO320 bitumen can also be made from the distillation bottoms obtained through the process of fractional distillation and or hydrogenation processes derived in the process of cleaning used motor oils and from oil waste prescribed feed stocks materials etc. GEO320 MRH™ bitumen can be manufactured from wide variety of water soluble and non water soluble raw materials and renewable resources (non-petrochemicals) as well as from recycled (Recycling) petrochemical materials,
GEO320 MRH Asphalt Bitumen prototype was tested by RTA (Roads and Traffic Authority) South Australia since 1996 and RTA NSW (New South Wales) in a line marking situation, passing AS4049 road marking Standards, Boral Asphalt field trial since 2000 and benchmark tested to AS2008, against Shell's CL320 residue bitumen by ARRB Transport Research in 2002. GEO320 MRH bioasphalt and biobitumen have been proven to exhibit very high durability, fatigue, solvent, cracking, rutting, and skid resistance, the MRH asphalt can be furthermore imbedded with glass spheres (balotini) for reflecting light for night time road safety. GEO320 MRH comes in dry granulated form (no hot storage) required and is non fuming, GEO320 MRH asphalt is compacted at low temperatures (Warm Mix Asphalt) or WMA, and the aggregate mix in GEO320 MRH asphalt can be made from alternative rock sources eg, recycled crushed brick and cementic concrete to preserve our natural rock reserves. The inherently lighter color of GEO320 MRH asphalt helps combat the heat island effect
and reduce climate change due to global warming caused by green house gas emissions. In view of the global move towards environmentally friendly renewable resources and sustainability, GEO320 MRH will make a positive contribution not only to the health of asphalt workers in the road paving and construction industries but also to the reduction of green house gas emissions and recycling.
Ecopave Australia Bio-Bitumen Asphalt Concrete Research developed
GEO320 MRH Asphalt Bitumen contains several performance innovations eg, its non-toxic, comes in a dry granulated form, requires no-hot storage, has higher durability, resistance to fatigue, wear, cracking than conventional petroleum based residue bitumen and has low volatile emissions and fuming and very high solvent and anti-skid resistance also. The GEO320 MRH Asphalt surface is also highly skid resistant with low heat absorption characteristics, has light reflecting surface in colored form due to imbedded glass spheres and colors. Ecopave Australia™ research has also developed the Biopave adhesives technology which is based on the GEO320 adhesives technology and is a bio-polymer alloy adhesive binder replacement for use in Asphalt PMB (polymer modified bitumen) applications, and a binder additive for use in Cement, Concrete and Masonry pavings and bricks, paints and protective coatings especially in road line marking applications and general purpose adhesive formulations. The interesting thing with Biopave™ is that if a portion of up to 60% is used as a binder replacement substitute in conventional cement concrete paving and bricks, it will help reduce the high CO2 emissions in the paving brick manufacturing stage and help our environment with no loss in the concrete performance. GEO320 asphalt bitumen is fully pigmentable, the micro mastic matrix™ is also highly resistant to rutting, cracking and penetration from liquids such as fuels, acids and water. Recycled plastics and reclaimed tire (tyre) rubber can also be added and the coloring system which Ecopave Australia research has developed is also highly resistant to wear and weathering.