October 6, 2022

Livin’s CO2 free gets better with a Twelve start.

Welcome to part 3 of our series “Dolly Parton Do: 9 To 5 in the Climate Tech Sector”! This week we are diving into twelveStartups focusing on producing chemicals from the air instead of fossil fuels As I write this week’s newsletter, Dolly’s classic “Better Get to Livin'” continues to linger in my head. As a weather expert I’ve often heard that many people support the fight against the climate crisis but don’t want to give up today’s quality of life. and twelve have compiled the definitions of “Live a better life” by allowing people to use the products they want without compromising the environment.

Berkeley, this California-based startup is looking to shake up the status quo of things going on. auto parts to NASA equipment, but why is this important? Thanks for asking great questions.

when various products Petrochemicals derived from fossil fuels are primarily produced due to their high carbon content. The International Energy Agency has published a global report on petrochemicals, listing plastics, fertilizers, packaging, clothing, digital devices. Medical equipment, detergents and tires, among others, as commodities rely on petrochemicals for assembly. However, co-founder Kendra Kuhl, CTO and Etosha Cave, CSO, have discovered an alternative to electrochemical reactors that cut fossil fuels from the equation. Somboon Heidi Lim, Director of Product Ecology at Twelve, explains how this reactor works.

“Our technology transforms carbon dioxide and water molecules using renewable energy. We separate and rearrange molecules into building blocks typically made from fossil fuels.”

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Lim voices the process. industrial photosynthesis(Don’t worry if you have to pause to remember what your high school science class taught you about photosynthesis. Me too) through the membrane “[Twelve] It’s making a CO2 electrolyzer … and doing what plants do. We’re taking water and carbon dioxide, like plants, and applying that energy to some form of energy. sun or wind and use that to create these new chemicals.”

Basically, electricity separates CO2 and water, and the membrane allows the separated elements to come back together to form chemicals. All of these processes are in reactors that can be installed in any industrial system. using by-products of CO2 from the system itself Or use carbon dioxide trapped from the air. Or even the use of CO2 emitted from landfills along Lim. Either way, unnecessary CO2 is used in a way that completely cuts off the use of petrochemicals.

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from this technology Many products have emerged as CO2Made, including PANGAIA sunglassesMercedes Auto Parts, Tide Washer Mixture and reveal the latest look — jet fuel. in CNBC interviewNicholas Flanders, Twelve’s third co-founder and CEO, said CO2Made jet fuel is compatible with existing engines and has 90 percent lower emissions than conventional jet fuel.

In addition to Twelve’s impressive technology, Lim is proud to highlight the company’s commitment to equal employment and diversity of thought: “We care deeply about diversity here. And this comes directly from the founders.” Lim explains that Twelve is a very collaborative environment. Therefore, it benefits from various perspectives the most.

Unfortunately, the timings conflicted on both sides. (My flight to California was delayed nine hours. And unfortunately the meeting had to be rescheduled, but at least United credits me $100, right?) It prevented me from speaking directly to the three of Twelve’s co-founders, but the technology, the camaraderie of the employees. And the exciting funding announcements and ongoing partnerships are a bright indicator of leadership qualities.

Okay, and that’s twelve! Next week will wrap up our series. but until then Here’s a clip of Dolly Parton hosting “Saturday Night Live” dressed as the world’s most charming peacock. The girl really couldn’t do anything wrong.

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