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carbon upcycling

Carbon Upcycling is a waste and carbon utilization company unlocking a new frontier of circular materials. We’re tackling the biggest problems on the planet—like climate change and industrial waste. With our patented technology platform, we help the hard-to-decarbonize industry transform local industrial byproducts and natural materials into superior additives.

Our first massive market is cement and concrete, the source of eight percent of global CO2 emissions and growing. Our technology sequesters industrial CO2, reduces the carbon footprint of cement, and improves concrete performance. We do this by opening up a new class of locally available, carbon-sequestering cement replacements. With Carbon Upcycling, cement and concrete producers can now create a superior product using local industrial byproducts and natural materials and save the planet at the same time.

Since 2014, we’ve scaled the technology over 4 MILLION times in size—starting with a reactor that holds just over a few grams to a small-commercial reactor that holds 20 TONNES. Our small-commercial reactor harnesses CO2 emissions directly from a natural gas power plant—meaning that the >CO2 emissions are directly captured at the point source and never had a chance to enter the atmosphere.

Our technology works by taking industrial byproducts or natural minerals= and combining them with a CO2 source (either from low or high-purity CO2 sources) in our large catalytic reactors. Our patented reactor exfoliates the surface area of each particle of feedstock. Then we introduce CO2 into the reactor. It binds to these particles in a chemical reaction that creates our unique materials and sequesters CO2. The rougher the particles, the more surface area there is, allowing for greater CO2 binding, improving CO2 sequestration, product quality and reactivity all at the same time.

We’ve specifically designed our technology to work with a wide range of feedstocks, entire categories of materials from local industrial byproducts to naturally occurring minerals. Many of the feedstocks are locally (where ever you are) available in large volumes, and so far we have successfully demonstrated over 25 different ones, including fly ash, silicates, aggregate fines, and more. By utilizing locally available materials, we remove the need to import foreign feedstocks and remove the strain on supply chains in cement production and plastics. This helps keep costs low.

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