Microalgae use photosynthesis to turn CO2 from the air into biomass and oxygen.
An acre of microalgae draws down 2.7 tons of CO2 per day. For comparison, an acre of mature trees draws down 2.6 tons per year.
One acre of algae draws down 985 tons of CO2 each year.
Microalgae grow very fast and can be harvested many times a year. This is the key to achieving atmospheric CO2 drawdown at scale. The algae capture carbon from the air and convert it into food for growth while returning oxygen to the air. Algae are harvested frequently and used as biomass for hydrocarbon splitting. The result is hydrogen gas, carbon allotropes, trace minerals for soil enrichment, and renewable electricity.
The drawing below illustrates the full benefits that arise from pairing algae biomass farming with hydrocarbon splitting.
- The resulting high-volume hydrogen becomes net-hydrogen fuel for clean energy production.
- Carbon allotropes provide next generation materials for manufacturing “green machines”— renewable energy generators, carbon-reinforced infrastructure, and lighter weight vehicles.
- The entire process is conducted with renewable zero-carbon energy.