The potential to harness humanity’s CO2 emissions as a cheap and free source of carbon and oxygen is on full display with Air Company, a startup that produces premium vodka from deposited atmospheric carbon.
Air Line converts CO2 into ethanol in the same way that plants use photosynthesis. The ethanol, which was originally intended for other purposes, was of such high purity that they decided to make premium spirits.
His bespoke vodka, sold for $ 75 a bottle in upscale New York City bars before the pandemic started to shut things down, is now back after winning a World Changing Idea Award from Fast company, who spoke to the founders about their invention.
“We are doing what we are doing not only to contribute to the fight against climate change, but to try to help empower other people to fight climate change in the daily decisions they make,” said CTO Stafford Sheehan. “And that’s one of the reasons we focus on consumer goods.”
Its ethanol production technology is now shifting toward the fragrance and perfume industry, another consumer good that requires high-purity ethanol.
Carbon dioxide gets a bad rap for the greenhouse effect it causes in the atmosphere, but its constituent elements are among nature’s most fundamental building blocks.
If harvested, anthropogenic emissions can be used with modern technology to create just about anything. Air Company’s technology, thanks to a partnership with NASA, is being used to capture CO2, convert it to ethanol and then glucose, a basic sugar molecule that can be used to produce food aboard spacecraft, including meat. grown in the laboratory.
These are the dreams of the alchemist’s stone, the transmutation of one type of matter into a completely different type, only instead of gold, it is alcohol or laboratory meat.
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