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The carbon capture devices are recyclable and modular | Photo source Holy Grail

Modular carbon capture device small enough for individual use

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The recyclable prototype, designed by California-based startup Holy Grail, is built from only six pieces


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Spotted: Designed by California-based startup Holy Grail, the carbon capture devices are recyclable and modular. Called scrubbers, the devices rely on electricity for power, rather than industrial mechanics including pumps and water. Made with only six different components, and composed of easily manufactured materials, the scrubbers can be made with a minimal environmental footprint. 

The device is currently a prototype, and the company has a number of patents pending regarding the chemical processes used to bind to airborne carbon dioxide. The startup plans to begin using the devices to offset the carbon emissions of other businesses. Companies can buy credits that correspond to a certain volume of captured carbon. 

As the design develops, Holy Grail plans to eventually sell the scrubbers commercially, for business and personal use. Small enough to be used in a home garden, the devices are easily stackable, making it easy to scale their effects without requiring huge amounts of storage space.  

At the moment, the company plans to pick up each device when it becomes full and then dispose of the carbon. The disposal process is still being worked out. Investors appear confident in the company’s idea, with the team recently raising €2.2 million in seed funding.   

Carbon capture is a growing industry, with projects ranging from jet fuel made from emissions to self-healing concrete that sequesters carbon as part of its repair process. 

Written by: Keely Khoury

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