Twelve turns carbon into sunglasses, car parts and fuel
As companies around the world tackle climate change, Twelve offers a solution with its carbon transformation technology that transforms CO2 into products typically made from fossil fuels.
Using oil derived from fossil fuels to create products isn’t cheap, but what if it were possible to make products using air instead of fossil fuels?
Twelve, based in California, is a carbon transformation company that is shaking up the status quo of product manufacturing. Ranging from Mercedes car parts to equipment for NASA, the startup manufactures them using CO2.
Twelve’s Carbon Transformation Technology
Describing how the technology works, Director of Product Ecosystems Heidi Lim said:
“Our technology converts carbon dioxide and water molecules using renewable energy. We split and then rearrange molecules into building blocks that are usually made from fossil fuels. »
Products that rely on petrochemicals for assembly vary. According to the International Energy Agency, they include:
- digital devices,
- medical equipement,
- detergents, and
With Twelve’s carbon transformation technology, an electrochemical reactor named Opus was built that completely eliminates fossil fuels from the process. The company calls it “industrial photosynthesis“.
This is the same as what plants do during photosynthesis; Opus takes water and CO2, and using renewable energies, it transforms them into new chemicals, materials or fuels.
Inside the reactor, electricity separates CO2 and water. Then, the membrane allows the separated elements to be recombined and make different chemicals.
The reactor is of modular design so that it can be installed in any industrial system. Best of all, the reactor system is engineered with a “plug-n-play” design.
It can be easily and quickly integrated into existing industrial systems. Additionally, the process can be performed using CO2 from the point of emission or direct air capture.
- According to Twelve, they can cut up to ten% global broadcasts via Opus.
And this is possible by transforming existing supply chains that run on fossil fuels to run on CO2.
The company’s commercial products are called CO2Made. These include sunglasses from fashion brand Pangaia, Mercedes auto parts, Tide detergents and carbon neutral fuels, among others.
According to CEO Nicholas Flanders, Twelve produces “building blocks for a wide range of materials, chemicals and fuels that are currently made from fossil fuels today”.
It also claims that CO2Made products have no change in quality from those they replace.
Besides manufacturing CO2Made items, the company is also working on another innovation – E-jet. It is a jet fuel with 90% lower emissions than conventional jet fuel and works with current engines.
- After announcing a $130 million Round of Series B funding last June, Twelve is set to accelerate its industrial-scale carbon transformation platform.
Some big names support the company’s unique technology. Mercedes-Benz, NASA, Shopify, Procter & Gamble, and the Air Force have partnered with Twelve to manufacture CO2Made products.
Speaking for Procter & Gamble, Todd Cline remarked that:
“Delivering the low-carbon products that consumers want will require scaling innovative solutions like Twelve’s carbon transforming technology…We are happy to see that Twelve has the opportunity to expand its ability to impact a wide variety of sustainable consumer products through its technology.”
The company also sees opportunities to work with companies that already capture and store CO2 emissions. Popular names are Global Thermostat and Shell.
Twelve’s carbon transformation technology has the potential to transform CO2 from a harmful waste stream into useful products.
The carbon company is currently taking pre-orders for its CO2Made and E-Jet materials.