Producing Silica with World-First Carbon Conversion Technology – AZoCleantech

AZoCleantech interviews Christopher Barton, CEO and founder of Barton Blakeley Technologies, about a world-first carbon conversion system turning emissions into silica. The company’s development will help manufacturers to create improved products with a reduced carbon footprint. 

Can you tell the readers about Barton Blakeley Technologies and its world-first carbon conversion system?

Barton Blakeley is an innovation house focused on the rapid commercialization of deep tech such as carbon dioxide utilization. The company specializes in quickly maturing technology into the industry. Its first development, HYPER XI, is an engine designed to run off waste emissions as a feedstock and produce valuable, useful products competitively.

How does the conversion system convert CO2 emissions into silica?

The first misconception about CO2 is it is inert, that it comes at the end of a process, and must be disposed of via emitting. CO2 is a versatile material with many interesting properties. Some of these properties, in the right environment and with the correct inputs, allow the CO2 to be cracked, splitting off the carbon and oxygen components into building blocks. It is from these building blocks that we make our products at a lower cost, and with significantly fewer energy inputs than current industrial methods.

What benefits does this system have in the short and long term?

Our silica is made from CO2 that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere. For every metric ton of the silica bought, a customer is storing the same amount of CO2 as approximately 30 mature trees would every year. But that is half the story. The technology has a 50% smaller carbon footprint than traditional silica manufacturing, meaning switching to silica from this process is the equivalent of 700 trees per year per ton of CO2 saved. Our technology is still at the “Mark I” stage and I am very confident we can get the footprint beyond 90% lower at scale.

How did Barton Blakeley Technologies come to develop such a unique technology?

From its start, Barton Blakeley’s young, dynamic team has always been motivated to develop technology that is beneficial for the environment, particularly as most of us are under this shadow that climate change casts on the day-to-day of …….


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