On September 15, XPRIZE Carbon Removal hosted its third team matchmaking webinar. Eleven exciting teams working on everything from ocean alkalinization, algae farming, biochar production, and carbon negative building materials signed up to pitch a 2-minute overview of their carbon removal solutions and the specific skill sets they are looking to recruit on their team.
These teams are looking for talented individuals across engineering, plant genetics, marketing, CSR investments, building materials, legal, fishing, farming, finance, construction, and more. We always encourage teams to get in touch with one another, share resources and talent if it makes sense for you. If you’re interested in getting in touch with any of these teams, you can reach out using the name and contact information provided below. Check out the recap below or watch the full recording here.
Meloon filters environmentally harmful carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produces Graphene from it, which it stores for the long term. Meloon itself also uses the raw material produced from this to create its own membranes.
Ghostprint is sprouting their regenerative Ecosystems with Biodigester turning "trash" into "trees" paired with Algae and orchards to capture tons of carbon. Cleaning the air, water, and land while creating then capturing Bio/Plant Products.
Mordor Technology, picked their team name as CO2 can only be destroyed from where it was forged, deep within a geological formation such as Mount Doom. A huge amount of Co2 is produced at industrial sites including mining operations, which they plan to filter through membranes and the captured CO2 can then be transported to a number of locations where it will be stored. These range from geological formations, the deep ocean or reduced gas and oil reservoirs. The US Department of Energy has estimated that the range of 1,800 to 20,000 billion metric tonnes of CO2 can be stored underground in the US. There are further options of turning captured CO2 into mineral carbonates and diamonds.
Team Azolla Proxima
Azolla Proxima’s project dubbed S.T.A.R.S utilizes a three-part ocean-based system (consisting of a biomass reactor, anaerobic digesters, and a storage device). Bridging the gap between Elon Musk's Starship and the climate agency will enable a push toward the first giga-ton of CO2 being removed by 2030.
CRYOJet transforms low/medium-grade heat into low-temperature, non-mechanical refrigeration to desublime CO2 from the air by maximizing heat regeneration with minimal consumption of low-carbon energy. Air is cooled from atmospheric to -220F to crystalize 95% of CO2 before recovery via sublimation.
Undert’s technology plants and sustains commercial forests in raw desert using solar powered desalination and can sequester gigaton quantities of CO2.
XMINT has the technology available to collect large amounts of sea water and separate it into three parts: fresh water, salt, and sea minerals. The focus of our initiative will be to utilize the sea minerals and apply them to trees to increase their growth. The Conventional Seawater Desalination (CSD) technology that we have is a cheap and efficient way of collecting these materials to help remove carbon dioxide. To apply their method, they will use huge aircrafts to cover large areas.
Bluski is rapidly growing algae in bioreactors to capture atmospheric CO2. They then turn most of the biomass into charcoal to not only sequester the CO2 for thousands of years, but to also improve soil carbon sequestration. They are also producing biofuels, carbon fiber, and graphene to offset costs.
Csink’s technology stores CO2 captured by plants as organic matter in deep anoxic waters.
Team Gravity Rail
Gravity Rail selectively breeds algae for deployment in ocean-based robotic bioreactors.
Simple Solutions plans to utilize EverGreenCoin, a cryptocurrency that is already paying people working to capture and sequester CO2 around the world. They hope to use the interest people have of making money at home, as well as the excitement of cryptocurrency and its speculative value to encourage participation from around the globe.