(XPRIZE) Submission Information: 

Carbon Capture Coatings are going for the Win! Team Lichen is competing for the XPrize Carbon Removal Competition with its Carbon Capture Coatings technology, inspired by the way lichen pull down CO2 in nature. The XPRIZE Carbon Removal competition’s goal is to help combat climate change and restore the Earth’s carbon cycle using technology that pulls carbon dioxide directly from the air. The Carbon Removal XPrize is the largest prize purse in history of $100 million dollars, with the grand prize winner to receive $50 million. The competition spans over a course of four years and involves teams from all across the globe to innovate and show solutions that can pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or oceans, and sequester it durably and sustainably. “To win the grand prize, teams must demonstrate a working solution at a scale of at least 1000 tonnes removes per year; model their costs at a scale of 1 million tonnes per year, and show a pathway to achieving a scale of gigatons per year in future”. (XPRIZE official website). Team Lichen is going for the Gold!

# Can paint save humanity?

The real photosynthetic powerhouse of nature is algae, not trees. In fact, 8 out of every 10 molecules of oxygen you are breathing now were produced by algae a few days ago. These algae were spread out over vast amounts of surface area, mostly the ocean’s top layer, the photic zone. The amount of CO2 the algae can capture is simply a matter of the rate of photosynthesis multiplied by the total surface area the algae covers. It follows that if there’s more surface area for the algae to grow, there will be more photosynthesis and more carbon captured.

Knowing this, we put algae into the paint. Using paint allows us to utilize vertical surfaces; paint is lightweight and adheres well…we can go as high as we want, and we can compact the surface area to get even more activity, so that more carbon dioxide is captured and eventually stored in the paint. We call these algae-infused coatings Carbon Capture Coatings (CCC’s). CCC’s are capable of rivaling natural carbon sinks, such as the phytoplankton in the ocean and cryptogamic soils on land. Taking inspiration from lichen, natural paint-like organisms containing photosynthetic algae, this paint contains living genetically-engineered photosynthetic algae that capture and sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The CO2 is then converted to cellulose and stored safely in the paint for the lifetime of the coating. Or, we can separate the clear, pure nanocellulose from the paint and use it as a valuable byproduct!

CCC’s can be used to capture other greenhouse gases also, like nitrogen, and convert them into other valuable by-products. This technology is not energy-intensive, nor does it require radical CO2 storage processes, like injecting carbon deep into the earth’s layers. Instead, we draw inspiration from nature, mimicking existing natural CO2 removal and storage systems, like lichen, and utilizing our proprietary functional coating techniques to make the end results even better.

# Watch fingerprints disappear with Reactive Surfaces’ DeGreez # technology

Here you see the technology as a coating on a clear screen protector. DeGreez™ (E-Race™) is on the right compared with an oleophobic coating on the screen protector on the left. Not only does DeGreez immediately start to break down natural fats and oils much faster than the competition, but surfaces with DeGreez are so much easier to clean also!

# Can harmful biocides in paints be reduced and/or eliminated in the industry? We say yes! Check it out.

# Here’s an example of the power of enzymatic, self-cleaning surfaces. Watch the seal break down oils and grease right before your eyes!

# Capturing Carbon in Tracy, California.

Carbon Capture Coatings on the International Stage

Dr. Steve McDaniel, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Reactive Surfaces, the developer of Carbon Capture Coatings and Team Lichen presented Carbon Capture Coatings at the National Press Club in Washington DC on November 17th, 2022.  And Ms. Beth McDaniel, President of Reactive Surfaces, presented Team Lichen presents the Team Lichen Energy Innovation Award for Intergovernmental Collaboration

Destination: Tracy California – Capturing Carbon in Tracy, Ca.

Cities are major contributors to climate change. According to UN Habitat, cities consume 78 per cent of the world’s energy and produce more than 60 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. … The sheer density of people relying on fossil fuels makes urban populations highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The City of Tracy, California with the help … Continue reading