"By enabling the generation of CO2 onsite at farms and greenhouses, we are taking a significant step forward in helping CEA businesses reduce their carbon footprint and transition away from the fossil fuel industry as a source for CO2 supply," said Rob van Straten, Skytree CEO.
"This is an incredibly exciting moment for Skytree as we move forward with the commercialization of our first unit for onsite carbon capture and reutilization."
Skytree launches Skytree Cumulus, an inaugural Direct Air Capture (DAC) modular unit. Once installed onsite at a vertical farm, greenhouse, or any CEA business, the device captures CO2 from the ambient air and makes it available in the production of food, algae, vaccines, and flowers.
How it works
Skytree's proprietary DAC technology captures CO2 from ambient air, filters it using a patented process, and stores it in pressurized buffer tanks from where it can be accessed and reused by any business in regular need of concentrated CO2.
Skytree Cumulus, the first commercially available modular unit, will deliver a reliable and uninterrupted supply of up to 10 kg of CO2 in a 24-hour period, delivering clean and affordable CO2 to CEA businesses while alleviating procurement and transport challenges. Users in need of additional CO2 can acquire and connect additional units.
Operating independently of oil and gas
"CEA businesses sourcing CO2 from the fossil fuel industry may be surprised to learn that every step of the process, from capture to cleaning to liquifying to storing in cylinders and then transporting to farms, adds up to 50% harmful emissions," Rob shares.
According to him, every ton of CO2 captured at an oil refinery can lead to 1.5 tons of emissions released back into the atmosphere. "We're providing CEA businesses the opportunity to operate independently of the oil and gas industry while enjoying guaranteed access to carbon dioxide, all without the headaches of cost increases and supply chain challenges or having to deal with the ordering and handling of metal cylinders."
Skytree also announced the launch of its Pioneer Program, offering early adopters the opportunity to experience the benefits of Cumulus and DAC technology at a reduced price for a limited time. Participants will get priority delivery when Cumulus units ship.
In addition to its debut unit, Skytree is also developing a second, larger DAC unit with an eye toward expanding to building materials and enabling other hard-to-abate industrial industries to permanently move away from carbon dioxide sourced from the fossil fuel industry. Capable of generating up to 400 kg of CO2 per day, Skytree expects the larger unit to become available in the second half of 2024.
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