Spiritus, the climate tech company focusing on scalable direct-air-capture (DAC) solutions, has appointed Mindy Ren as the Head of Carbon Removal Infrastructure, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
Ren, previously associated with multinational majors Tesla, Meta, and Exxon, brings a wealth of experience in infrastructure management.
Her background includes overseeing onshore and offshore construction globally for ExxonMobil, managing Engineering, Procurement, and Construction for Tesla’s battery facilities in California, and leading the execution strategy for hyper-scale data center projects at Meta.
This strategic hiring follows Spiritus’ team expansion announcement in September and is aimed at bolstering the company’s leadership team.
Ren will be responsible for supervising the construction of Carbon Orchard DAC facilities.
Spiritus is at the forefront of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technology, using a unique solid sorbent material referred to as “fruit” to passively adsorb CO2 from the air.
The Carbon Orchard approach involves conveying captured carbon to a centralized, fully-contained desorption system.
Unlike traditional DAC methods that use energy-intensive fans for collection, Spiritus employs passive air contact, significantly reducing energy consumption and paving the way for cost-effective global adoption.
After desorption, the “fruit” returns to the contactors (or “trees”) to collect CO2 once again.
The entire process, including the fruit, trees, and desorption system, is contained in a single Carbon Orchard site, eliminating the need for external carbon transport and storage.
Charles Cadieu, co-founder and CEO of Spiritus, expressed confidence in Ren’s appointment, stating, “Mindy has a breadth of experience in construction and project management across complex capital-intensive projects, making her a perfect fit to help us deploy Carbon Orchards for direct-air capture of carbon dioxide.”