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Carbon-negative nanoparticle production

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Carbon Upcycling Technologies is at an early stage of developing a process that sequesters carbon from CO2 in the form of a modified graphene product. The process itself requires a concentrated CO2 stream(such as the waste gas from coal fired power generation facilities refineries and other processing plants)as well as another solid carbon feedstock such as graphite or coal. Active carbon sites are generated on the solid carbon feedstock by repeatedly breaking molecular bonds on the solid. The active carbon reacts with the gaseous CO2 molecule. It should be noted that the produced material is not Graphene Oxide and tests have revealed that it has superior electro-conductivity properties. The company used the AITF microvoucher in fall 2014 to scale up the lab production setup and is now looking to use this voucher to ensure that a full commercial scale-up is planned effectively.

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Carbon Upcycling resolves the unique problem of converting CO2 emissions from a liability to an asset. By chemically reacting the CO2 with a solid carbon feedstock as a secondary feed CUT reduces CO2 emissions and produces cost-effective nanoparticles that can serve as additives in various industries. Currently the construction and the plastics industry are confronted with high priced additives that enhance the performance of their base products. By using cheap feedstock to create a similar family of commercially-accepted nanoparticles CUT creates cost-effective additives for the construction industry to increase the mechanical and tensile strength of their material and for the plastics industry to create products with high electrical conductivity.; In the effort to commercialize its carbon nanoparticles Carbon Upcycling’s efforts in concrete have been championed by Kerridge Concrete a Calgary-based ready-mix concrete company with over 30 years of operational history. To explore the applications of...

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