|Sept 20th, 2023
|2024 CRC Launch – Applications open
|Nov 6th, 2023
(12 pm EST)
|Watch the Info Session/Webinar with Frontier & RMI
|Dec 6th, 2023
(9 am EST)
|Info Session/Webinar with Carbon Unbound at COP28
|Jan 8th, 2024
(1 pm EST)
|Info Session/Webinar with Peter & Erika Reinhardt
|Jan 15th, 2024
|Additional Info Sessions/Teams design and build carbon removal challenge submissions
|Feb 12th, 2024
(12 pm EST)
|CRC Check-in/Webinar with the Open Source Hardware Association
|March 4th, 2024
(9 am EST)
|Teams submit designs and documentation of final prototypes
|March 18th, 2024
|Judges choose 5 finalist teams for the final showcase at Carbon Unbound
|Late May, 2024
|Final showcase at Carbon Unbound
Why Carbon Removal?
There is already too much CO2 in the atmosphere, and some essential industries – namely, commercial aviation and steel and cement manufacturing – will be very difficult to decarbonize in time. Any chance we have of limiting average global temperature change to a survivable threshold (1.5C or below) must include the removal of carbon from the atmosphere. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has called for Carbon Dioxide Removal (Negative Emissions Technologies), to help us stay below 1.5C above preindustrial temperatures – the threshold scientists agree is the point at which we will irreversibly impact our climate for the worse.
• Introduce a new generation of students to the world of carbon capture
• Highlight and showcase the carbon removal work already happening in higher ed
• Give students a hands-on opportunity to create brand new solutions to the carbon pollution problem
• Promote new innovations through open source licensing, which will allow more rapid advancement of students’ technologies and enable others to build on the success of earlier submissions
• Build talent networks for employers and future job seekers
Each team must submit an application, complete with a full list of team members, a faculty advisor, and an overview of their design, by the end of Jan 15th, 2024. Suggested team size is 2-8 members.
The 2023 Carbon Removal Challenge
Watch the 2023 Carbon Removal Challenge Showcase
Playlist for the 2023 Info Sessions and Webinars
From December of 2022 through Feb 2023, the 2023 Carbon Removal Challenge participants were invited to attend multiple info sessions, webinars, and office hours. This is playlist of the sessions of the webinars.
Dr. Lehman Marks
• Founder of the Solar Car Challenge, the top project-based STEM Initiative helping motivate high school students in Science, Engineering, and Alternative Energy
• Long time Educator
• Extensive Experience in Project Development & Management
• Co-founder of Arduino
• Professor, NYU ITP
• Area Head for Physical Computing
Dr. Evvan Morton
• American Association for Advancement of Science
Science & Technology Policy Fellow
Dr. Gregory Nemet
• Professor, University of Wisconsin
• Lead Author, UN IPCC Report
• Author, How Solar Became Cheap
• President of the board of the Open Source Hardware Association
• Executive Director of the Center on Innovation Law and Policy at NYU
Grant Faber is the founder and president of Carbon-Based Consulting LLC, where he conducts life cycle and techno-economic assessments for a wide range of companies working on carbon dioxide removal and utilization. He has worked with, advised, and lectured hundreds of organizations on proper assessment methods for novel climate-friendly technologies. Grant holds an M.S. in sustainable systems and a B.B.A. in finance, both from the University of Michigan.
As the founder of Oceanid MRV, Ben is a recognized leader in CDR MRV methodology and systems development. Ben’s work leading Oceanid MRV has given him a critical perspective on the rapidly evolving CDR industry, working at the vital intersection of commercial, project development, scientific, carbon market, and research organizations.
Oceanid MRV works closely with project developers on all of the mCDR pathways as well as terrestrial pathways like ERW and biochar. Before founding Oceanid MRV, Ben was a tech startup veteran with decades of leadership, software development, project management, and IT experience across climate, telemedicine, insurance, e-commerce, education, and B2B industries.
Krishna Raghav Chaturvedi
Krishna is a petroleum engineer with training in carbon capture, utilization, and storage. He has a PhD and 2 books, 30+ papers, and 2 patents to his name. He was awarded the Inaugural ‘Best PhD Thesis Award in New Energy Studies’ for the year 2022 by the Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry (FIPI) for his work on new solutions for carbon sequestration. He has also been featured as a Highly Cited Author prepared by Elsevier Data Repository for citations on research for authors in a single year. Currently, he is an Outreach Manager with a major science non-profit.
Alex Ose is a software engineer, hardware hacker, and environmentalist. As a volunteer researcher at OpenAir, Alex leads the electrochemistry group. He is the designer of Synthwave, the world’s first open-source electrochemical carbon capture device, and Dorothy, an outdoor sensing platform based on commodity hardware. His motto is “go to where the problems are”, and has worked in startups, large companies, and the federal government as a technical advisor.
Max Pisciotta is a Ph.D. candidate in the Chemical Engineering department at the University of Pennsylvania whose research is focused on carbon capture and carbon removal technologies. Throughout their tenure at UPenn, they have published research on carbon capture for natural gas power plants, industrial decarbonization, and direct air capture. They have also co-developed the Road to 10 Gigatons game, and completed internships at the International Energy Agency and Brimstone Energy. Max holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from UPenn. Prior to starting their PhD at Penn, they also briefly worked as a Technology Analyst at Accenture. When Max is not working, they can be found running, reading, or baking.
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