Here’s an exciting video – a behind-the-scenes look at the first prototype of the OpenAir VIOLET Decarbonizer!
A decarbonizer is a machine that takes in air and uses chemical solvents to remove the carbon dioxide for sequestration or carbon-neutral industrial use.
Factory-sized carbon-removal plants working on the same principle are now in operation; the world’s largest to date just opened in Iceland. But as Dr. Habib Azarabadi has argued, the future of carbon removal may come faster if we focus on the small: air-conditioner-sized units that could be mass produced, with all the increased efficiency that economies of scale can offer.
The VIOLET Decarbonizer is a step in that direction. It’s an open-source design that you can build in your own garage with stuff you can get at the hardware store. In this video, you’ll get a tour of the very first VIOLET, from OpenAir member Jeff Feddersen, who, indeed, built it in his Montclair, NJ garage with stuff he got at the hardware store.
This is just the beginning, and there’s lots more to do. To get involved yourself, join the OpenAir Discord today, and let’s talk!