What we are doing
ExtrACTION is creating a CO2 extraction panel that is passive, carbon negative, and economically sustainable.
How we are doing it
Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) is the process of extracting CO2 from air, naturally or mechanically, and permanently storing or transforming the CO2 . Photosynthesis is a natural CDR process where plants turn CO2 into food for growth. Humans have engineered CDR solutions that directly capture CO2 out of exhaust from heavy emitters.
Our team is finding innovative solutions to pollution extraction through our combined understanding of biomimicry, sustainability, and our potential for direct air capture technology to help with carbon drawdown.
Our teams goal
We are taking action and striving to reduce greenhouse gases by sustainably extracting carbon dioxide from the air, mitigating global warming, and enhancing the health of our planet and life-sustaining ecosystems for present and future generations.
We look to nature and biomimetic design to help solve our problem: too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Why you should care
Extracting CO2 is a critical step in mitigating climate change, and aids in keeping global temperature increases below 2 degrees celsius—the tipping point for ecosystems worldwide.
Our modern lifestyles and industrial processes result in excess carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, shifting the earth’s carbon cycle and causing climate change. CO2 is an abundant greenhouse gas that stays in the atmosphere (a percentage of the emitted CO2 stays in the atmosphere for thousands of years after emitted).
Those who have a love for nature, a desire for healthy future generations, and a yearning for a safe environment in the future should invest in climate change mitigation and the removal of excess atmospheric carbon dioxide to help heal and protect our planet.
Our team members all share a passion for biomimicry, which brought us together for this program. We bring different experiences and backgrounds to design development which allows us to work collaboratively and bring new and creative ideas to the table. We continually followed the biomimicry design process, from researching biological examples and strategies to brainstorming and designing a systematic product with the help of the Biomimicry Institute resources.
"This team looked to how nature captures carbon dioxide to create a carbon-scrubbing and filtering panel system that can be applied to buildings and other existing infrastructure along freeways and main streets to help lower greenhouse gases present in our atmosphere."
After placing first in the student design challenge, we were invited to participate in the Biomimicry Launchpad, the world’s only accelerator program that supports early-stage entrepreneurs working to bring nature-inspired solutions to market.
We have a unique approach to the issue of carbon capture due to the fact that our technology is passive: it does not use outside energy to power its internal processes. This distinction has allowed us to share our work with collaborators while protecting our intellectual property by patenting our technology.