Biochar and carbon sequestration with Climate Robotics
My Climate Journey Startup Series
Today’s guest is Jason Aramburu, CEO and co-founder of Climate Robotics.
Earth’s soils contain 14 times more carbon dioxide than the atmosphere. To harness this natural resource, Climate Robotics is using existing technologies to convert crop residue into biochar before sequestering it deep in the ground. The company uses advanced robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) to accelerate and automate this process. The end result allows farmers to turn waste on their fields into carbon sinks while improving the health of their soils. Jason has an extensive career in leveraging technology for improving agricultural productivity. His background spans from smart irrigation and soil sensors to agricultural technology and robotics.
Cody and Jason have a great discussion about Jason’s background, biochar's origins as an indigenous practice, the chemistry of biochar, the Climate Robotics solution and his company's business model. As one of the most peer-reviewed CDR technologies, biochar is poised to make a substantial impact in carbon sequestration.
In today’s episode, we cover:
[2:11] Jason's background and how he got involved in carbon sequestration
[3:15] History of biochar as an indigenous practice
[7:55] Origins of Climate Robotics
[11:55] An overview of biochar
[20:52] Biochar and enhanced rock weathering
[24:02] History of biochar in the U.S, how it's being used today and challenges
[28:36] What Climate Robotics is building
[32:25] How automation fits into the company's technology
[36:15] The company's business model
[43:45] Carbon credits and cost relative to other sequestration methods
[48:10] Funding to date and future plans
[50:04] Patents and how Jason protect's the company's technology
[53:06] Biochar's permanence and scalability
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