Welcome to Project Open NanoCarbon.


Is there a way to engineer a high speed method to sol
idify carbon from atmospheric CO2 to significantly impact climate change in under 25 years? This grassroots Manhattan style project will open source, build and deploy a solution.


NASA's Carbon Dioxide Flow Visualization

(Video Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)

Current Project Status

The current status at the: wiki.

Proposal Design Criteria

The overall goal is to achieve rapid decarbonization of the atmosphere in under 25 years from now (2017). Given 565 gigatonnes of carbon (GtC) needs to be solidified, and this should be done as soon as possible, as we need a high speed and quick deployment of devices. If such devices were built and left running over a period of years, their effective output should reach the gigatonne scale. By keeping the design open license (BY-CC) like a open access paper, the design can be copied and deployed quickly to any place on Earth. This would enable the fastest path to adoption and deployment to ultimately affect and hopefully reverse climate change.

To properly scale the solution would need at minimum to solidify 60g of Carbon a second. If about 1.5 million of these devices were built, it would take 20 years to solidify 565 GtC.

The ultimate goal is to have a high speed method to fully solidify 565 GtC in 25 years time frame, preferably form of nano carbon particles i.e: graphene, carbon nano tubes or fullerenes. However given feasibility with reasonable cost, micron sized amorphous carbon is acceptable.

The current design is to create a device that would take concentrated CO2 gas from a reservoir and ionizes it to a near plasma state, where magnetic induction and an electrocatalyst, and hydrogen would separate the weakly charged oxygen from the carbon similar to a Bosch reaction. There would be at least two chambers, to collect the water and solid carbons. The electrons would also be returned to power the device, reducing some power load. However, the device to get the gas to a near plasma state will still require large amounts of energy, and high temperatures. The reservoir would be fed by some kind of filtration and multiple inlets so a not to create suction inescapable from birds and other aerial life.

There will be an initially higher cost to build the prototype as they will have to be machined to take high temperatures, and the bulk manufacture nano device will need to operate at high speeds. A team at Georgia Tech refurbished a PECVD for under $70,000. A Chinese researcher build a CNP growth chamber for £10,000.

Climate Change Resources

Climate NASA | Global Carbon Project | United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change Newsroom

How to Get Involved

Want to DO something about climate change?

Join via the links below and collaborate:

ONC Links

Meetup.com:Bay Area Meetup
Atlassian sponsored technical project wiki: Open NanoCarbon Project Wiki
Gitter sponsored browser based chat: https://gitter.im/opennanocarbon/Lobby
GitHub area: https://github.com/safiume/hsbay
Google drive: design and file sharing

How to technically contribute to the project is covered on the wiki.

Events

Venue Date
Monthly Meetup
 7/12
Monthly Meetup  6/14
Maker Faire  5/20-5/21
April Meetup  4/25
Earth Day meetup  4/22

FAQ

Questions are answered on FAQ page. Got more questions? Email: shannon at autofracture.com.
As Open NanoCarbon grows it will move under a 501(c)(3) organization.

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Donate

Donate to Shannon Fiume to support explicitly this project via PayPal: paypal.me/opennanocarbon.

Files and Reference Data