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These carbon-capturing robotic seaweed farms are like planting forests in the ocean

Adele Peters writes in Fast Company about a startup that is creating carbon-capturing robotic seaweed farms.

The C3 Take
  • Phykos is a startup that is using technological innovation and seaweed to sequester CO2.
  • Phykos’ kelp is grown in units that float on the surface and eventually sink to the ocean floor. From there, software on each vessel moves the kelp to the best areas for the plants to grow throughout the year.
  • The company estimates that one of their seaweed plants can capture the same amount of CO2 as 250 trees.
  • Technological innovation is creating durable climate solutions.

“Seaweed along coastlines already captures an estimated 173 million metric tons of CO2 each year as it grows; some of that seaweed eventually sinks, trapping the carbon at the bottom of the ocean. Phykos wants to replicate the same process in the open ocean, where kelp doesn’t grow, to vastly increase seaweed’s global level of carbon sequestration.”

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