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Skyre launches commercially-scalable platform to remove CO2 from atmosphere

Skyre, a company that has developed a proprietary electrochemical platform for transforming waste gases into other products, is making some of its technology available commercially to combat industrial CO2 emissions.

Skyre was founded in 2007 by Dr. Trent Molter. Molter and his team have developed a patented, high-pressure electrochemical module that is able to transition waste gases such as CO2 and Hydrogen into other viable products, using a low-cost proprietary platform.

The product, called CO2RENEW, is able to convert CO2 into hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals that can be used in the production of dyes, polymers and feedstock preservative formic acid at rates that the company claims are industry-leading in terms of efficiency.

“To be commercially viable, products that transform carbon dioxide must cost-effectively produce valuable chemicals or fuels, provide practical solutions that people are compelled to implement, and have a positive environmental impact,” said Dr. Molter in a statement. “Based on our replicated performance data, our CO2Renew system projects to be industrially-viable and commercially-relevant – significantly reducing emissions while saving customers up to 50% compared to current delivery methods for these products.”

CO2RENEW is the latest addition to Skyre’s H2RENEW commercial platform, the world’s first family of onsite electrochemical-based gas recycling products. The H2RENEW platform was originally developed to support advanced life support systems in closed environments in submarines and spaceships. Skyre developed its technology for use by NASA and the U.S. Navy.

As a commercial product, the company says it offers manufacturers and businesses a way to reduce carbon emissions and save money by recovering and recycling hydrogen that is wasted or vented in industrial processes.

“Most global CO2 emissions are attributable to the combustion of fossil fuels or waste from industrial processes,” Molter told Technigraph Magazine. “CO2 can be captured from these processes before it is released into the atmosphere and then be transformed by Skyre’s CO2RENEW into useful fuels and chemicals.”

The product is modular and scalable, Molter said, and ideal for industrial and chemical companies. “The amount of CO2 that can be converted depends on the number of the CO2RENEW units deployed – more CO2 requires more units,” he told Technigraph Magazine. “Our tests have shown that all of the CO2 and power fed to the CO2RENEW produces valuable products. Nothing is wasted. Fuels such as methanol or ethanol or commonly used industrial chemicals including organic acids and aldehydes can be produced. Many of the byproducts can be used as building blocks to make other important chemicals and materials.”

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The CO2RENEW units can be placed at a site where its chemical products are used and produce them on demand, “eliminating all of the transportation and handling cost, as well as vehicle emissions associated with moving the chemicals from a central chemical manufacturing plant to the point of use,” Molter said. The units can also be constructed as a large plant to compete with existing chemical manufacturing technology.

When coupled with renewable energy sources, the product becomes even more effective. “This process is a net consumer of carbon dioxide and is therefore carbon negative,” Molter said. Manufacturing industries such as cement and utilities that are known to produce large amounts of CO2 “would be interested in not only removing this greenhouse gas, but also extracting some economic value from its transformation to salable products,” he said. “They also would likely want to leverage valuable carbon credits that could be derived through implementation of the CO2RENEW and associated renewables.”

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