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Recycling CO2 emissions into chemicals and fuels that are cost-competitive with petroleum-sourced products

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Nicholas Flanders

Cofounder & CEO at Opus 12

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Employees 21–50
Headquarters Berkeley, California, United States
Opus 12 envisions a global chemicals and energy system that has transitioned from extractive to circular, disrupting current supply chains and reducing global emissions. In the same way that photosynthesis is the engine of the world’s ecosystem, providing a link between the sun and life on earth, Opus 12’s technology creates a link between renewable electricity and the chemicals, fuels, and materials that drive the global economy. Opus 12 captures carbon emissions where pollution is generated and turns the CO2 into high-demand chemicals like methane, ethylene, and ethanol. Their technology bolts onto any source of CO₂ emissions, and with only water and electricity as inputs, transforms that CO₂ into some of the world's most critical chemical products.

With their disruptive technology, Opus 12 has developed a profitable solution to carbon emissions, cost-competitive with petroleum-sourced products. They are uniquely positioned to bring this solution to market as their core drop-in device is a capital-light solution, molded to fit commercialized technology. Opus 12’s products can reduce the carbon footprint of the world’s heaviest emitters, while creating a new revenue stream for what is discarded today as a waste product. They are industrializing the process of photosynthesis (i.e. “reverse combustion”) and creating a new value chain based on recycled CO2 rather than fossil fuels, leading to a greener and cleaner planet.

Notable Achievements

  • Named one of the top 46 climate-tech startups to watch in 2021 by Business Insider.
  • Starting in 2022, they will be capable of deploying 1 MW electrolyzers converting 1 ton of CO2 into material -- enough for 1/3 of Adidas' foam requirements.
  • Investors include DCVC, Breakout Ventures, evōk, and Dolby Family Ventures.

Currently Operating in One Country

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