Carbon removal firm Equatic has deployed what it believes to be the first technology that combines carbon dioxide (CO2) removal and carbon-negative hydrogen generation.
The Californian company has spun out from the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering’s Institute for Carbon Management to deploy the technology as a solo business entity – and has already inked a deal with aircraft company Boeing by doing so.
Equatic’s technology is an electrolysis process from atmospheric CO2 removal that leverages the size and scale of oceans. The process stabilises CO2 permanently in the form of dissolved bicarbonate ions (in seawater), and in the form of solid mineral carbonates.
The process also produces hydrogen as a co-product to generate revenue and clean energy. As part of the deal with Boeing, 2,100 tonnes of the hydrogen produced will be delivered to the aerospace firm.
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