Monday, August 2, 2021

Bangalore startup receives TDB National award for carbon sequestration technology

Breathe Applied Sciences, a Bangalore-based startup has bagged the National Award 2021 from the Technology Development Board (TDB) for developing a commercial solution for converting CO2 into methanol and other useful chemicals and fuels.

About Breathe Applied Sciences:

– Breathe Applied Sciences is an innovative and sustainable startup that, with the aim to become a key enabler in achieving net-zero has developed breakthrough technologies for the conversion of CO2.

– The startup was founded in 2016 in Bangalore by Sebastian C. Peter, Umesh V. Waghmare, and Rakshith Raghavan Belur.

– The startup, which was incubated at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) has developed efficient catalysts and methodologies for the efficient and scalable conversion of CO2 into clean fuel.

– It is the only Indian startup that boasts of being one of the finalists in the Carbon XPrize in 2018 and to have received a milestone prize of USD 5,00,000.

Innovative technologies for environment-friendly solutions:

The startup has led to improvisation of the process engineering to enhance the production of chemicals and fuels from anthropogenic CO2 generated from various sources including coal and natural gas power generation sectors, steel industry, cement industry, and chemical industries and integrating multiple components involved in the CCUS (Carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration) to develop a complete solution for the environmental issues due to global warming.

1.) Technology benefits:

– Sustainable conversion of CO2 into Methanol using scalable, modular & low-cost green technologies.
– Low-cost catalyst from abundant earth materials.
– No geographic constraint: The technologies can be readily deployed anywhere in the world.

2.) Service Benefits:

– Turnkey projects for CO2 to Methanol conversion (Build & operate)
– Engineering services &
– Testing of Catalysts

The MOU between Breathe Applied Sciences & JNCASR:

The research of the startup was carried out by Prof. Sebastian C Peter and his group from the New Chemistry Unit at JNCASR. He is also a co-founder and director of Breathe Applied Sciences which was started from the generous funding from DST Nano Mission.

The startup signed an agreement with JNCASR, an autonomous institute of the Department of Science & Technology for the transfer of technology based on lab-scale research on reducing CO2 to methanol and other useful chemicals and fuels.

The MOU has helped in a smooth translation of research in the area of CO2 reduction to useful chemicals and fuels from the laboratory scale to pilot scale economically.

Production capacity:

The current capacity of CO2 to Methanol conversion is 300 kg per day in the pilot mode, which can be scaled up to several 100 tons on an industrial scale.

The startup will take some time before it reaches the level of industrial production. “A few industry sectors are in discussion with Breathe for the potential use of our developed technology soon,” said Prof. Sebastian C Peter.

Other famous Indian startups that convert CO2 into clean fuel:

1.) ‘Space fuel’ by IIT, Madras:

The scientists at IIT Madras have created a unique, next-generation fuel from CO2 called the ‘space fuel’ by simulating interstellar conditions in the lab. The molecules like Methane, Co2, ammonia exist in deep space in a completely unique form than the form in which it exists on Earth.

The scientists developed Clathrate hydrates, which are molecules like methane & carbon dioxide but trapped in water molecules, thus, forming crystalline solids.
Such molecules are even formed naturally at high pressures and low temperatures, either several meters below sea level or in glaciers like that found in Siberia.

2.) Carbon Clean:

Carbon Clean is an Indian breakthrough that turns emissions contributing to global warming into profit by converting CO2 into baking soda. And the rather unique startup can lock up to 60,000 tonnes of CO2 annually!

Ecological benefits:

– Sequestration of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
– Sustainable and clean source of energy.
– Combat global warming & climate change.
– Reduce air pollution.

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