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Open nano arbon

What is the fastest way to solidify carbon from atmospheric CO2 to significantly impact climate change?
Can we solidify the bulk of anthropogenic emissions in under 25 years? This grassroots open science Apollo-style project will answer those questions by building and deploying open hardware.

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ONC Project Wiki github.com/hsbay  gitter.im

What is Open NanoCarbon?

An open science consortium to create open hardware to rapidly solidify hundreds of gigatonnes of nanocarbons from atmospheric CO2.

The mission is to find the fastest way to create solid nanocarbons from atmospheric CO2 in under 25 years from the project's start in 2017. The total effect of the projects is to permanently remove all fossil fuel emitted carbon from the atmosphere and supply nanocarbons as a consumable goods additive.

For those that see this goal as too much of a moonshot, all resources will be or are open for the advancement and acceleration of Negative Emissions Technologies, climate science, and ultimate climate restoration.

Why Solid Carbon?

Solid carbon is a useful commodity with a widely varying price that supports premium materials suitable for market entry by startups and makers. Solid carbon completely removes carbon from the global carbon cycle, allowing products to be made with carbon negative nanocarbons cradle to cradle.

What are Nanocarbons?

Nanocarbons, notably graphene, carbon nanotubes, and fullerenes, are single carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice yielding superlative electronics and structural properties. New materials made with nanocarbons can be made stronger, lighter, more conductive, withstand high heat, and have high optical clarity.

Fastest Way to Dissociate CO2?

At present, we don't know the fastest way to remove solid carbon in large volumes from the atmosphere. By investigating the under-explored pathway of CO2 dissociation, we'll uncover efficiencies and leverage them in a large-volume high-throughput system.

Open Science?

Science is open when licensed to allow varying levels of sharing and reuse. All works by ONC are CC-BY open license, which allows complete sharing with attribution and total reuse, redistribution royalty-free. Zero cost to obtain the design and incorporate it into new works accelerates deployment. The device can then exponentially deployed to any place on Earth.

Crowd Source Open Science?

By crowdsourcing science and engineering, we should be able to find solutions faster than working in isolation.

Moonshot reboot: beyond 1.5ºC to 0ºC in a couple of decades!

Unique to ONC is implement open methods to achieve the fastest path to exponential adoption and deployment, to reach a planetary scale, to ultimately affect and hopefully reverse climate change. The ultimate goal is to build and deploy an open high-speed system to fully solidify the bulk of human emissions upwards beyond 500 GtC in 40 years time frame, in the form of nanocarbon particles, i.e., graphene, carbon nanotubes, or fullerenes. However, given feasibility and reasonable cost, bulk amorphous nanocarbons are acceptable.

Make with Carbon!

We'll work with makers, NGOs, and companies to run the hardware and solidify atmospheric carbon in the future. Keep in touch by joining the ONC email list.

Current Project Status

The overall project is in the science review phase. Later we'll progress onward to experiments and validation, engineering, and finally production and deployment. Read and collaborate on the technical wiki.

Current News

Read Shannon's statement on racism and climate equity. It's critical that #BlackLivesMatter be supported to make headway in disolving systemic racism. Support BLM and we'll be able to get back to working on climate.

An emissions balance is coming. The rest of the major projects are on hold during COVID-lockdowns. Please get in touch via gitter.im or slack, or twitter dm to help remotely or current status. Looking for more scientists to help with meta1 and plasma projects.

Discovery Day at Oracle Park 2019

DD Epilogue: The future is unwritten as we have a choice to do radically better than continuing the path of business as usual. BAU would lead to massive emissions and increases to carbon dioxide concentration globally, and in 6-8 years exceed the most significant tipping element.

We can choose to:
  • expand DAC,
  • keep expanding renewables,
  • do everything possible to stop using fossil fuels,
  • expand and practice afforestation,
  • ocean marine permaculture,
  • expand carbon dioxide to carbonates for concrete and aggregate markets: to rebuild roads, buildings, and cities,
  • expand premium uses of carbon nanomaterials, silicon carbide, and industrial diamonds sourced from recycled CO₂ and drive down the cost of DAC,
  • expand plastics and disposable materials sourced from recycled CO₂,
  • deploy ECEM and store or productize carbon instead of burning CO₂ in a fuel.
Remember, assuming we do better at maintaining the Earth's ecosystems to keep the land sink high, we have about 1.5 million in equivalent Empire State buildings worth of carbon to SELL.

I hope you will join me in lobbying, implementing, and innovating in carbontech to live a greener life.
The BASF 2019 slides are here.

CDR and You Talk @ Maker Faire 2019

The best solutions at present are enhanced weathering solutions that sell carbon neutral to carbon negative aggregate like Blue Planet, and do everything in Project Drawdown (which would eliminate roughly 1T tonnes of CO₂), do more Bio-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage, Direct Air Capture and more to equate to 1.5 trillion tonnes of CO₂. There's a full list of vendors and suppliers of carbon tech and recycled carbon at http://airminers.org.

We also need to get political support for House Concurrent Resolution 35 by Rep. Raskin. Do support it and any other bill that seeks to target vast quantities, on the order of 1.5T tonnes of CO₂ and up for removal.

We also need everyone to create with recycled carbons. It's stupid cheap to send oil from Alaska so that anyone can buy it at a big-box store for one's car. It's way cheaper than DAC at $94 a ton of CO₂, despite the total energy cost to extract it, then send it from Alaska somewhere to be processed, shipped to a distribution factory, and finally sold some big-box store. By creating with recycled carbon, we can change the price of carbon to pay to find faster ways of removing carbon from the atmosphere.

The carbon tech community has a slack channel hosted by Airminers. The other community mostly focused on enhanced weathering by creating aggregate carbonate is Foundation for Climate Restoration.

And Open NanoCarbon is looking for scientists and engineers willing to contribute to the open science and source.

Climate Change Resources

Climate NASA | Global Carbon Project | United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Newsroom | Surpassing the Northern Hemispheric Glaciation point - ONC wiki | ONC FAQ

How to Stay Involved

Help us by joining our: email list or collaborate on any of the project topics on the wiki. How to technically contribute to the project is covered on the wiki.


Venue  Date

Prior Events

Bay Area Science Festival 2019, slides are here.

Bay Area Maker Faire 2019, slides are here.

International Conference on Negative CO2 Emissions

Poster Slides are here. The poster paper and paper pending for publication are here.

Bay Area Maker Faire 2018

ONC and nanocarbon slides.

1517 Assembly

1517's Assembly celebrated the fund's namesake, quincentennial of Martin Luther 95 theses. My slides on entrepreneurship, higher education and science are here.


Questions are answered on the FAQ page. As Open NanoCarbon grows, it will move under a 501(c)(3) organization.

Got more questions? Email: shannon at autofracture.com.

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Donate to Shannon Fiume to explicitly support ONC via PayPal: paypal.me/opennanocarbon. My expenses are in google drive.

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