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Ted Grozier



Carbon to Cupcake: Xprize for using Carbon Dioxide

21 June 2016

Baking soda, Lego figures, cement – what do they have in common? They can all be produced using carbon dioxide as a raw material.

Xprize, a US based leading organisation in large scale innovation competitions, seeks for the brightest minds around the world to hand in proposals for CO2 re-use.  The prize will incentivize the development of new and emerging CO2 conversion technologies, accelerating them from laboratory testing to demonstration under real world conditions. The prize – running 4 and a half years –  will help identify the most promising pathways for CO2 conversion and prove they can be deployed at power plants and other industrial facilities. Ultimately, the impact of the prize will go far beyond the critical demonstration of innovative technologies, by inspiring transformation, enabling new markets, and empowering people to be a part of the solution to one of our world’s grandest challenges – climate change.

Broad product range possible

The Carbon XPRIZE will incentivize breakthrough technologies that convert CO2 into a product or suite of products such as: alternative cement, concrete, and other building materials; chemicals used to manufacture a variety of industrial and consumer goods; low-carbontransportation fuels; and possibly new products altogether.
 “The XPRIZE Foundation and EnCO2re share the goal of accelerating CO2 re-use commercialization. This nascent technology has the potential for environmental and economic benefits that could be an important part of the global transformation towards sustainability. We welcome the Foundation’s commitment and look forward to the results of the competition,” says Ted Grozier, Programme Manager of EnCO2re, Climate-KIC’s flagship innovation programme on enabling CO2 re-use.
The submission deadline for XPrize is 15 July 2016. More information:
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