Welcome to Project Open NanoCarbon
What is the fastest way to solidify carbon from atmospheric CO2 to significantly impact climate change? Can it be done in under 25 years? This grassroots open science Apollo style project will answer those questions by building and deploying an open hardware.

NASA's Carbon Dioxide Flow Visualization

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

What is Project Open NanoCarbon

An open science community to create open hardware that will rapidly solidify gigatonnes of nanocarbons from atmospheric CO2 in decades.

What happens if you get a collection of extremely smart people together to solve needed problems, and have them give the solution away for free? Open science. Science is open when licensed to allow varying levels of sharing and reuse royalty free. Certain projects benefit highly by BY-CC open license (which allows complete sharing and reuse royalty free), akin to an open access paper, that enables quick deployment by virtue of being free and additionally accelerates deployment as people can leverage the open hardware for any other opportunities or innovations, commercial or otherwise.

The overall goal is to find the fastest way to solidify gigatonnes of carbon from the atmosphere in under 25 years from now (2017). The project is to permanently remove large volumes of carbon from the atmosphere and supply nanocarbons as a resource as consumable goods additive. In order to return to levels from preindustrual times 575 gigatonnes of carbon (GtC) needs to be removed as soon as possible, necessitating high speed, large volume throughput devices and quick deployment. 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, the design can be copied and deployed quickly to any place on Earth. This would enable the fastest path to exponential 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 575 GtC.

The ultimate goal of the project is to have a high speed method to fully solidify 660 GtC in 25 years time frame, if feasible, 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.

Current Project Status

Current status at the: technical wiki. The overall project is in the Science review and experiment phase. Later we'll progress onward to engineering and finally production and deployment.

Current News

Impossible Labs: Tito Jankowski and Matthew Eshed presented at Forum 2100 on Carbon Capture as a Business where they covered leading companies and projects in the ecosystem of atmospheric carbon reduction which they showcase on their site: airminers.org. They included ONC in their coverage of pushing the bounds of what's possible in carbon reduction.

Climate Change Resources

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

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/hsbay
Google drive: design and file sharing

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


Venue  Date
Monthly Meetup   2/15

Prior Events

Bay Area Science Festival 2017 & 2016

1517 Assembly

1517's Assembly celebrated the fund's namesake; quincentennial of Martin Luther 95 theses. My slides are here.

Maker Faire 2016

Thank you for visiting at the Maker Faire. The slides for my talk are here. The booth slides and updated carbon usecase slides are here. The exhibit was request for comment on engineering a way to solidify atmospheric CO2, and I also demonstrated electrical properties of Graphene.


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

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

Contact Form


Donate to Shannon Fiume to support explicitly this project via PayPal: paypal.me/opennanocarbon. My expenses for '17 are on google drive.

Files and Reference Data