A growing resource
Society has generated two trillion tons of CO₂ since the Industrial Revolution.
And we will release hundreds of billions more in decades to come, even with rapid action. No practical or economic solution yet exists to handle this massive stream of anthropogenic CO₂ emissions while we transition to cleaner alternatives. But what if we reframed CO₂ as a feedstock, rather than a waste product?
CO₂ is here to stay
While shifts toward renewable power and the electrification of transport will help to mitigate CO₂ emissions in the long term, massive quantities of greenhouse gas emissions will continue to be released in the interim.
Moreover, many industrial processes (e.g., chemicals and glass production) have inherent process-related CO₂ emissions that would be generated even with 100% renewable power. The energy density requirements for long haul flights may mean that CO₂-emitting liquid fuels will remain the best option indefinitely.
What if we reframed CO₂ as a feedstock, rather than a waste product?
A new paradigm
At the nexus of the global chemical and energy system of the future
In the same way that photosynthesis is at the center of our ecosystem - converting sunlight into the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat - Opus 12's technology could be central to our economy, integrating ever-cheaper renewables with the massive volumes of CO₂ that we need to mitigate, while producing the critical products that are the building blocks of modern civilization.
Potential impactLike clearing every highway and idling every refinery.
Transportation fuels, natural gas, and many petrochemical products can be synthesized from carbon dioxide and water. Hence, if coupled with low-carbon electricity, electrochemical reduction of CO₂ could theoretically address one third of global energy-related CO₂ emissions.
Creating products like plastics, agricultural chemicals, and jet fuel, while releasing zero net new CO₂ emissions.
From liability to revenue
Our technology enables industries to reduce their CO₂ emissions profitably
We are commercializing our technology first in high-margin applications where we can produce specialty products from CO₂ for significantly lower cost than with conventional methods. Over time, as our costs and the price of renewable power decrease, we will expand into ever-higher volume applications.