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

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.


Berkeley, California, United States


Nicholas Flanders

Nicholas Flanders (Cofounder & CEO at Opus 12) has been an Unreasonable Fellow since October 2020 and most recently participated in Unreasonable Impact Americas 2020.

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