Billions of years ago, our planet’s atmosphere was saturated with CO2. The emergence of algae and other photosynthetic organisms consumed that CO2 and released oxygen into the atmosphere, as all plants do, thus rendering our atmosphere breathable. Over time, the early algae died, settle to the bottom of lakes and oceans and were covered in sediments. Pressure and high temperatures over millions of years turned this dead algae into the crude oil deposits we draw from today for our fuels.
In other words, all the air we breathe and the fossil fuels which drive our economies owe their very existence to these carbon-rich deposits of ancient algae. Today, we are restarting this process in a whole new way – using living algae to replace the long-dead algae of fossil fuels. And we use a process similar to what the Earth used (pressure and temperature) to make our fuels. The big difference is that we do in minutes what the Earth took millions of years to produce. Algal biomass represent a new and exciting source of regenerative energy for our existing fleet of vehicles and power plants.
Just as primordial algae did billions of years ago, equipment we use from Global Thermostat scrubs CO2 from the air and feeds it to our algae farm. This produces truly carbon-negative fuels and sequestered biochar. The concept of carbon-negative fuels represents a new way of thinking about how we use energy. In fact, our process acts like a “carbon sink”…capturing more carbon during processing than is released when the fuel is burned.