CarbonQuest has brought its proprietary carbon capture technology designed to capture CO2 emissions from buildings to New York City.
This is the first fully operational onsite system launched by the startup from Spokane Valley.
And in addition to capturing carbon, the CarbonQuest technology, which it calls the Building Carbon Capture System, also separates, liquifies and stores the captured CO2 emissions.
While so far most carbon capture systems have been designed to curb emissions from industrial facilities, the Building Carbon Capture System, as the name would suggest, is intended specifically for capturing CO2 emitted from large buildings.
The start-up currently has a patent pending for this technology.
The carbon dioxide that it liquifies and stores can then be repurposed and used to make various useful products, from fuel to plastics and beyond.
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Now CarbonQuest’s first operational system has been placed in the basement of the Grand Tier, a 375,000-square-foot multifamily building in Manhattan.
Estimates are that the Building Carbon Capture System will reduce emissions by some 25% without causing any interruption to tenants.
Shane Johnson, CEO of CarbonQuest, pointed out the system’s ability to capture emissions that result from using natural gas, which is significant, considering that half of all CO2 emissions from buildings stem from natural gas.
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Following this milestone for the company, Jonson plans to double its staff in 2022 and continue growing, with over 100 well-paid positions in mind further down the road.
According to Johnson, buildings are responsible for most of the carbon emissions in cities, ranging anywhere from 60% to 80% of all emissions.
And as cities consume some 78% of energy in the world, over 60% of the world’s GHG emissions also come from cities.