The world's first carbon capture device for buildings

Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings, which account for approximately 12% of the GHG output in the US.

The Problem

The UN Climate Change Secretariat has determined that increasing amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere is causing climate change, which is leading to deleterious impacts on our environment and habitats. Without solutions to reduce the amount of CO2 entering the atmosphere, scientists project we will reach a tipping point by 2050 or sooner, where our climate and environment will irreversibly change for the worse. The consequences of climate change now include, among others, intense droughts, water scarcity, severe fires, rising sea levels, flooding, melting polar ice, catastrophic storms and declining biodiversity, including catastrophic loss of the oceans’ coral reefs.

Carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) can reduce the accumulation of GHG in the atmosphere and mitigate the effects of climate change. While storing CO2 underground will keep it from entering the atmosphere, an underground geological formation is needed to contain the CO2 and these are not universally available. In addition, there is no economic return on the stored CO2 and the potential for leakage from underground sequestration remains if it is done improperly. The newer trend is to capture and convert CO2 into other substances/products that permanently sequester the CO2. This is what CarbinX™ does. McKinsey & Company estimates that by 2030, CO2-based products could be worth between $800 billion and $1 trillion, and the use of CO2 for producing fuel, enriching concrete and generating power alone could reduce GHG emissions by a billion metric tons yearly. CleanO2 projects that the market for upcycled carbon products such as soaps, detergents, fertilizers, water conditioners and other products will continue to grow in the coming decade. CleanO2 is a world leader in the technology and logistics for capturing and converting CO2 and commercializing the upcycled products.

CarbinX™ Benefits

Cost Savings:
CleanO2 estimates that its CarbinX™ can decrease energy consumption by up to 20%, depending on boiler size and efficiency and hot water consumption. These savings come from the way the device captures and uses the waste heat from the heating appliance and the heat generated as the CO2 is converted to pearl ash. Companies may receive a return on investment within five years through energy savings, preventative maintenance and product revenue rebates.

Emissions Reductions:
CleanO2 has indicated that increased energy efficiency, coupled with carbon capture, can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 20,000 pounds annually per unit. To give you an idea of how much that is, 20,000 pounds of CO2 would fill ten 1,250-square-foot, single-story houses.

Carbon Reuse:
Each CarbinX™ device can create up to 14,000 pounds of pearl ash per year, according to Carbon Upcycling. This safe and nontoxic byproduct can be used to manufacture a variety of products, including soaps & detergents, fertilizers, water conditioners, among others. CleanO2 offers a revenue-sharing program to customers, where desired.

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How It Works

CarbinX™, which is about the size of two mid-sized refrigerators, can be fitted to natural gas-powered heating appliances to reduce both energy use and GHG emissions. CleanO2 is the first company to successfully build a unit small enough to fit into commercial buildings. 

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Pearl Ash

CarbinX™ captures CO2 from heating appliances and converts it into potassium carbonate, also known as “pearl ash”. The pearl ash permanently sequesters the CO2 and is then blended into our soap & detergent products to enhance their performance.

Technology Explained

Did you know that 1 CarbinX™ unit will sequester 6 to 8 tonnes of CO2 per year, which is roughly the equivalent of 300 trees over that same time period?