- Nov 5, 2021 3:53 pm GMT
The NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a $20 million USD competition that concluded in the spring of this year asked companies to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into useful products. Its sponsors were NRG, a U.S. power company, and COSIA, the Canada Oil Sands Innovation Alliance, the latter a consortium of more than a dozen energy producers supporting innovation to improve the environmental performance of oil sands operations and products. Dimensional Energy, an Ithaca, New York startup got to the semi-finals but didn’t make it to the final ten. Its technology is based on research coming out of Cornell University: a photocatalytic reactor that concentrates sunlight that along with captured CO2 and water converts to synthetic jet fuel.