2024 KCP Application
Customers & Partnerships
Primary Project Category:
Secondary Project Category:
Carbon Sinks (Natural & Engineered)
Social & Cultural Pathways
Transport and Mobility
Project Summary / Description:
At the most fundamental level, Thermaquatica was created to serve as a vehicle to explore and develop commercial applications of OHD. Among those, iDAC has recently emerged as arguably the most promising application, and certainly the application with the greatest potential to positively impact the largest possible number of people - the entire population of the planet.
Regions of Operations:
How Project Affects Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions:
Reduces GHGs (e.g., projects that reduce sources of GHGs, such as through efficiency or other changes in consumption), Removes/stores GHGs (e.g., projects that capture, sequester, or otherwise enhance the "sinks" that accumulate and store GHGs)
Best Estimate of GHG Avoidance/Reduction of This Project (Tonnes CO2 Equivalent/Year):
Impact on Underrepresented Groups:
As we develop this process, we have become actively aware of the global and local social and economic inequalities associated with climate change. Southern Illinois‚ workforce has suffered long-term loss of well-paying jobs, due to the decline of coal mining and other historically important sources of employment. If successful the emergence of OHD as a leading carbon sequestration technology directly provides needed jobs, recycling opportunities, and supporting energy production infrastructure. A grassroots program of training and introduction of economically sustainable carbon sequestration jobs would greatly influence underprivileged workers who currently find themselves in severely restricted job markets. It also provides a direct means for resources to flow into currently impoverished and low-income agricultural regions by directly linking agriculture and carbon capture. The OHD process empowers anyone with the ability to sequester waste biomass that might otherwise end up decomposing and re-emitting carbon as CO2 or CH4. This means everyone and anyone can participate (like recycling bins) to addressing global climate change.
Research or Economic Modeling
Measurement, Reporting & Validation
Thermaquatica Inc. and Southern Illinois University (SIU) currently have laboratory and small engineering-scale OHD systems built and operational. Initial iDAC demonstrations will be conducted in Southern Illinois, USA. This location is well suited for our process as the local agricultural economy produces abundant potential feedstocks for the project and the regional geology is appropriate for long term storage. The original IP covering OHD is owned by SIU, Thermaquatica holds an exclusive, worldwide rights to develop and commercialize OHD and derivative technologies developed at or in association with SIU. Since the iDAC efforts will be supported by Thermaquatica in collaboration with SIU, disposition and control of any resulting IP is not expected to be an issue. Thermaquatica maintains a Facilities Use Agreement with SIU, and SIU is fully aware of Thermaquatica‚ efforts related to development and commercialization of the technology. SIU is a shareholder in Thermaquatica.