Carbon Optimum’s cutting-edge technology was featured at the World Economic Forum in Davos 2023, as public and private leaders gathered to witness a revolutionary solution to combat the pressing climate crisis. With their patented innovation, Carbon Optimum left no doubt that they are a key player in the fight against global warming, and their contribution is set to reshape the world’s approach to sustainable living.
The looming threat of global warming has become increasingly imminent, and it’s no secret that human activities are the primary culprit behind the surge of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Carbon Optimum’s innovative solution has emerged as a game-changer in the battle against climate change, by intercepting and permanently neutralizing CO2 emissions from industrial sources and transforming them into a profitable opportunity to neutralize the impact of greenhouse gasses.
Carbon Optimum captures CO2 from heavy emitters with microalgae in photobioreactors (PBR) to optimize and accelerate the natural CO2 conversion process. The solution not only removes CO2 but also generates a myriad of valuable products from the resulting biomass – from fertilizer to methane reducing animal feed, and even carbon negative fuel.
Carbon Optimum’s solution is more than just an effective means of combating climate change, it’s also designed to minimize waste and avoid environmental harm. Unlike traditional feedstock such as corn and soy, which require large amounts of water and compete with local communities for vital resources, Carbon Optimum’s technology can use wastewater and recycled water, allowing it to meet its water needs without depleting local fresh water reserves. Furthermore, Carbon Optimum’s solution is not reliant on arable land, making it an ideal source of clean energy without competing with food production or putting additional stress on local ecosystems.
Carbon Optimum’s solution is uniquely positioned to address some of the most challenging sources of greenhouse gas emissions, for which there are currently no feasible low-carbon alternatives. These hard-to-abate sectors include long-distance shipping, air travel, cement, steel, and fertilizer production. The cement industry, for example, releases CO2 during the process of heating kilns to create cement, and standard renewable energy sources like wind and solar are not yet commercially viable for this purpose. Recognizing the value of Carbon Optimum’s technology, the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has named it a net-neutral solution for cement factories worldwide. Similarly, the current state of battery technology is insufficient to support long-distance air travel or large electrified ships, making carbon negative fuels an essential approach. Carbon Optimum’s solution not only removes CO2 after it has been emitted, but it also generates valuable commodities. These hard-to-decarbonize industries stand to benefit significantly from Carbon Optimum’s technology and its unique ability to bring these industries to net zero.
Carbon Optimum’s technology is remarkable not only for its effectiveness but also for its efficiency. With the current levels of carbon dioxide emissions surging to over 30 gigatons since the 2016 Paris agreement, the need for a scalable and sustainable solution is critical. Despite the magnitude of the problem, Carbon Optimum’s technology requires only a small footprint to make a significant impact. 80 PBRs (photobioreactors) can fit into a single acre of land, and when fully optimized, 200 PBRs have the potential to remove almost 80,000 tons of CO2 yearly. These figures demonstrate the impressive capability of Carbon Optimum’s technology to significantly reduce carbon emissions while utilizing minimal space, making it a promising solution for large-scale implementation.
Carbon Optimum’s goal is to work fast to stand up 4.6 million PBRs to reach 1 gigaton removal – the first milestone in the climate battle. A significant step towards this goal is the partnership with Kansas’s Great Plains Industrial Park, the first carbon neutral Industrial Park in the country, securing 4,900 acres for 392,000 PBRs, capable of removing 84 million tons of CO2 yearly. At full capacity, the site has the potential to convert the biomass to 3 billion barrels of oil or enough to feed 4 billion people. Other states and countries are requesting facilities to clean their waters and go carbon neutral. Carbon Optimum’s technology is poised to revolutionize the fight against climate change, offering a sustainable and scalable solution that could pave the way towards a more sustainable future.