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‘New Startup to Open Largest Seawater-to-Fuel Facility: Built to Handle Tough Inputs’

April 13, 2024 | by The Jeuns

Equatic, a California-based startup, is pioneering new technology that not only removes carbon dioxide from the ocean and the air but also produces hydrogen as a clean fuel alternative. According to a report by Bloomberg, the company is in the process of constructing a plant in Singapore to scale up its carbon removal process and help offset its own pollution. Once operational, the plant is expected to capture around 3,650 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually while also generating over 100 tons of hydrogen.

The innovative technology developed by Equatic addresses two critical environmental issues. Firstly, it aids in reducing the levels of carbon dioxide in both the atmosphere and the ocean, which is crucial in combating global warming. Secondly, it produces hydrogen, a cleaner fuel option compared to traditional fossil fuels such as oil and gas. What sets Equatic apart is its ability to achieve both of these objectives simultaneously.

Hydrogen is often highlighted as a sustainable energy source, especially when generated using renewable sources like wind or solar power. Utilizing clean energy to produce hydrogen fuel through electrolysis results in water as the only byproduct.

While Equatic’s initiative shows promise, rigorous testing of the technology under various conditions will be vital. The new plant in Singapore will serve as a testbed to assess the system’s performance with seawater, which poses more challenges compared to the pure water used in previous trials.

Mark Daly, head of technology and innovation at BloombergNEF, emphasized the importance of ensuring the resilience of such systems, especially given the high capital expenditure involved in early stages of development.

By promoting clean energy sources, cutting down carbon emissions, and fostering technological innovation, Equatic is paving the way for a more sustainable future. Stay updated on the latest innovations that are making a positive impact on our lives and the environment by subscribing to our free newsletter for weekly updates.

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