OAC Missions: Research & Development
OpenMRV Carbon Crowd Carbon Crowd will be an online platform that will host monthly collaborative challenges that aim to accelerate problem-solving, optimization and creative divergence for OpenAir R&D missions. Launches in February 2023! VIOLET VIOLET is a collaborative OpenAir mission to develop and evolve the world’s first miniature open-source Direct Air Carbon Capture (DACC) machine. DACC machines suck carbon right out of the air and will be an essential part of reversing climate change and optimizing our atmosphere for civilization in the 21st Century. The Prisma Network The PriSMa Network is a citizen science mission supporting the use, promotion and success of the PriSMa platform, a collaborative tool that applies supercomputing to identify novel metal organic framework (MOF) sorbent materials for Direct Air Capture (DAC) applications. Starting in January 2023! Cyan The CYAN mission began under the leadership of Dahl Winters in January 2021. The objective has been to develop a miniature, open-source device that removes small amounts of CO2 from the air using simple, inexpensive off-the-shelf components. Carbon Removal Challenge The Carbon Removal Challenge is a worldwide challenge for students to create new processes, approaches and prototypes to remove carbon from the land, waters, or air. This mission is led by Matt Parker Sorbent Kitchen The scope of this sub-category spans the chemistry of testing, characterizing and making sorbent, the material that absorbs and releases CO2 at the heart of Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology. This includes the preparation protocols of the sorbent for use, the cartridges prepared for or from the sorbent and carbon loading and scrubbing. THURSDAY THURSDAY is a DAC device developed at Octavia Carbon, Nairobi, Kenya. It is an early prototype temperature-swing adsorption unit with PEI on silica gel The mission’s objective is to realize continual improvement to and evolution of the design and performance through a global peer-production community of designers, hackers, students and whoever else wants to contribute. Air-Synth Viridian Algae Hackers Carbon Forming Carbon Forming was a collaborative R&D mission to embed CO2 removed from the air in 3D-printed objects through a distributed, solar powered, modular platform. The mission kicked off in early 2022 through the initiative of a small team of scientists, designers, engineers and artists located all over North America. By expanding this collaboration to include the insights, ideas and support of a much larger global community, the mission team aims to rapidly evolve the concept into a real world, functional prototype.