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Vodka Made From CO2? Entrepreneurs Find Surprising Uses for Captured Carbon

Benoit Morenne writes in The Wall Street Journal on the many ways that sequestered carbon is being used to create new and innovative products. 

The C3 Take
  • Air Company, a Brooklyn-based startup, is using captured CO2 to make vodka.
  • The company sends green hydrogen and carbon captured from ethanol plants into a catalyst that converts the gasses into ethanol and water. From there the company distills the liquids to produce vodka.
  • Air Company estimates that one liter of vodka removes one pound of CO2 from the air.

“The liquor, marketed as Air Vodka, comes in 750 ml bottles and retails for around $65. Air Company uses a similar technique to make hand sanitizer and, starting this spring, a fragrance. These products are a stepping stone towards building more complex products such as jet fuel, Dr. Sheehan says. ‘We’re not sitting here cranking out vodka for the sake of cranking out vodka.'”

Read the full article here.

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