Air Company, the firm behind the world’s first alcoholic beverage made directly from carbon dioxide (CO2), is going to ramp up the production of its carbon-neutral vodka with a brand-new state-of-the-art factory that will feature its largest commercial-scale carbon utilisation system.
The New York-based firm this week (19th April) unveiled its scale-up ambitions, stating that its new site’s system will be dedicated to increasing both the production of CO2-derived ethanol and sustainable fuels.
Furthering enhancing its ability, Air Company has also closely worked with NASA to demonstrate application of its technology for space exploration by creating sugars and proteins from their alcohols.
“Our goal is to integrate our carbon utilisation technology into every applicable sector to help combat the climate catastrophe.”
All of the above comes off the back of successful $30m Series A funding round, led by of Carbon Direct Capital Management, and supported by Toyota Ventures, JetBlue Technology Ventures and Parley for the Oceans.
Gregory Constantine, CEO and Co-founder of Air Company, said, “Our goal is to integrate our carbon utilisation technology into every applicable sector to help combat the climate catastrophe.”
“We’ll achieve this mission by providing people with a highly attractive array of products made from captured carbon and working with businesses to integrate our technology into their industries, maximising the amount of CO2 we can utilise each year.”
“If we contribute to the protection of our planet through the advancement of technology and innovation, then we are doing our job.”
Supporting the firm, Jonathan Goldberg, CEO of Carbon Direct, added, “Air Company is pioneering carbon utilisation technology that has the potential to reshape consumer industries in the short term and fuels in the long term.”
“We are incredibly excited to support Gregory, Stafford and the entire Air Company team at this accelerating stage of the company’s growth.”
Air Company first released its Air Vodka alcoholic beverage in 2019, and has since released a CO2-based hand sanitizer, Air Spray, and fragrance, Air Eau de Parfum, in a carbon neutral manner.