Opus 12

Opus 12

Opus 12 is a company developing CO2 recycling devices that turn CO2 into chemicals and fuels.

Opus 12 is a chemical technology company based in Berkeley, California. They have developed a device that recycles CO2 into cost-competitive chemicals and fuels. Their technology bolts onto any source of CO2 emissions, and with only water and electricity as inputs, transforms that CO2 into chemical products. These chemicals include methane, ethylene, and ethanol, which are gases used to make plastics, surfactants, detergents, and fuels that burn relatively clean, as compared to diesel and gasoline. Opus 12 describes this process as an accelerated version of photosynthesis.

Technology

Opus 12 utilizes polymer electrolyte membrane electrolysis, which splits water molecules into its component pieces through electricity. Through the application of a catalyst to the cathode, Opus 12 is able to split CO2 to CO and O2.

History

Originally launched under the name Obtainium in 2014, Opus 12 was officially founded in 2015 by Dr. Kendra Kuhl, Dr. Etosha Cave and Nicholas Flanders. The company was part of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's first Cyclotron Road cohort.

The company has won multiple awards including the Keeling Curve prize, Ocean Exchange's WW Orcelle award, the Roddenberry prize, and Forbes' Change the World Competition.

Timeline

June 29, 2019

2019 Keeling Curve Prize winners include Opus 12; conversion of CO2 into fuels and chemicals.

April 25, 2018

Opus 12 and SoCalGas simplify conversion of CO2 into storable renewable energy.

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Opus 12 funding round, September 2018
September 10, 2018
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Etosha Cave

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Kendra Kuhl

Chief Technology Officer

Nicholas Flanders

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

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Opus 12

July 6, 2017

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