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gigascale atmospheric hydrocarbon synthesis
Terraform Industries is scaling technology to produce cheap natural gas with sunlight and air. We are committed to cutting the net CO2 flux from crust to atmosphere as quickly as possible. As solar power gets cheaper, there will come a time when it is cheaper to get carbon from the atmosphere than an oil well. That time is now.
November 2022: In our conversations with customers, investors, and potential partners we've discovered a bunch of neat, counterintuitive facts that TI's technology brings into the world. If power is cheap, low efficiency is good. Short ROI is good. Many technical problems are soluble in cheap power. Local solar is better than long distance transmission. We need a LOT of solar panels. CO2 production correlates with wealth - the problem is fossil hydrocarbons, not CO2 per se. Our process is 1000x more energy efficient than photosynthesis. Our competition is fracking, and we'll use ~80% of all solar long term. We also built pelletizers to regenerate our sorbent and the next electrolyzer prototype.
October 2022: We crunched the impact of the IRA on our business model. The 45V green hydrogen PTC is worth nearly $32/kcf, and the 45E green electricity PTC is worth another $13.50/kcf. There are a bunch of other state and federal subsidies for carbon capture, low carbon fuel, etc and in aggregate they accelerate our profit margins by about a decade - which is to say we would be very profitable if in production today.
September 2022: Signed our first natural gas offtake agreement with SoCalGas. Congratulations to the business team for this major milestone.
August 2022: We commissioned our in house gas chromatograph, confirming >96% conversion of CO2 into CH4. The Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law, containing a number of compelling production credits which significantly accelerate our timeline to profitability and enormous scale.
July 2022: First methane from our in house Sabatier reactor. Congratulations to Arun Johnson for rapid execution of this task.
June 2022: This month our four formidable interns started. Arun Johnson is working on the Sabatier reactor. Graham Kersey is working on the calcination system.
Tiana Wong has joined the business team with David and Crystal. Jason Le is working on the electrolyser.
May 2022: Welcome
Dr Crystal Dilworth, who will run our post carbon industrial strategy.
April 2022: We finalized a lease on our first facility in Burbank, California. It can deliver 2400 amps of 480 V 3 phase power and, most importantly, it's a castle!
March 2022: This month we were joined by
Ryan Okerson who will be mechanically engineering our atmospheric carbon conversion machinery. Ryan joins us after a stellar career at Hyperloop and SpaceX, where he was the RE of Starlink solar arrays.
February 2022: The real estate search continues.
January 2022: Terraform Industries is excited to announce that
Dr Stephanie Coronel and
have joined our mission to make natural gas better and cheaper with sunlight and air.
December 2021: Terraform Industries has raised a $5m seed round from
Nat Friedman and
to profitably deliver industrial scale atmospheric
hydrocarbon synthesis and drive down net flux of
crustal CO2 into the atmosphere.
Are you mechanically intuitive? Do you want to help solve climate change? Do you like working on big hardware projects?
Terraform Industries is hiring motivated, self-directed people to
build our development prototype platform. Send a page of evidence of
execution ability to
firstname.lastname@example.org. This could be a resume enumerating
prestigious schools and high GPAs, but it could also be a summary of an awesome project you
built that showcases your world-saving skills. At Terraform we value candidates with less traditional academic backgrounds.
Terraform Industries is particularly interested in Chemical, Mechanical, and Power Electronics engineers.
Specific requirements for the role:
- BS, MS, or PhD in the relevant field.
- Must have a track record of designing, building, and testing hardware in the relevant field.
- Ambitious, independent, highly organized, with excellent communication skills.
Must be willing to relocate to sunny Los Angeles.
Compensation includes meaningful equity ownership.
Building a carbon capture company
Scaling carbon capture
Terraform Industries Whitepaper
We're going to need a lot of solar panels
In The News
Interview with CleanTechnica
Energy Media podcast with Peter Perri
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Why does our website look like this? At TI we believe we can change the world by displacing fossil hydrocarbon production at global scale. Like our website, our machines are simple so we can build millions of them as quickly as possible. Our website embodies our cultural commitment to allocating resources where they solve the most important problems.