OUR XPRIZE MISSION

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The primary mission of Kepler, as a premier entrant in the global competition, is to create a net-negative, gigaton-scale solution capable of tackling the biggest challenge facing humanity in the coming decades: Rebalancing the atmosphere-ocean carbon cycle. 

Funded by the Musk Foundation, this $100M Carbon Removal competition is the largest incentive prize in history, which is in and of itself a truly extraordinary milestone. This four-year global competition invites innovators and teams from everywhere on the planet to create and demonstrate CO₂-capturing solutions capable of durable sequestration for 100 years.

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ENVIRONMENTAL
PROBLEM

Billions of tons of greenhouse gasses are collecting in the atmosphere and biosphere, where expanding industrialization, population growth, and rising standards of living manifest a clear and present danger to our global society. As greenhouse gasses accumulate, oceans are warming and acidifying, extreme weather systems are commonplace, and food webs are buckling.

The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates 10 gigatonnes of net CO₂ removal per year by 2050 to keep global temperature rise under 1.5˚C or 2˚C. As governments, companies, investors, and entrepreneurs pivot to meet this challenge, it is clear we need a proven range of solutions to complement the work already underway. If humanity continues on a business-as-usual path, the global average temperature could increase 6˚C by the year 2100.

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ECONOMIC
OPPORTUNITY

Kepler ReCapture is re-envisioning the carbon transition by introducing a recaptured green CO₂ into the market as a renewable alternative to existing supply chains. We are aligning industry with earth’s natural processes, creating a framework where economic activity and sustainable atmospheric-ocean carbon cycle management will unleash this multi-trillion dollar market.

The amount of carbon sequestration required (1 Gigaton) by the XPRIZE contest will indeed increase carbon credit supply from carbon-negative sources. However, coupling efficient delivery of liquid CO₂, marine-derived energy, and desalinated water to coastal nations addresses major economic and geopolitical issues.

THE KEPLER SOLUTION

Kepler is developing a fully-autonomous network of geo-positioned deep water spar platforms, each capable of sustaining 2.5 hectares of space for biological & physical carbon capture. Green energy will power CO₂ capture, provide renewable energy, and supply desalinated water to shore.

Our multifaceted, state-of-the-art approach includes patented technologies for ocean thermal energy conversion in addition to solar, wind, and wave power. Kepler fully integrates these technologies to form a robust power supply that drives a unique two stage carbon removal process to produce marketable gasses (CO₂, O₂, N₂), freshwater, and brine/salt harvesting.

Our platforms will efficiently capture carbon from the ocean and air, produce commercial quantities of biologically-derived products, and protect marine life in its vicinity. This ensures that Kepler maintains or improves the surrounding marine environment. Parallel monitoring protocols established at end-process points ensures that Kepler maintains or improves the surrounding marine environment. In fact, we anticipate enhanced ecological systems and refugia to arise adjacent to each platform.

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THE KEPLER SOLUTION

KCR is developing a fully-autonomous network of geo-positioned deep water spar platforms, each capable of sustaining 2.5 hectares of space for biological & physical carbon capture. Green energy will power CO₂ capture, provide renewable energy, and supply desalinated water to shore.

Our multifaceted, state-of-the-art approach includes patented technologies for ocean thermal energy conversion in addition to solar, wind, and wave power. KCR fully integrates these technologies to form a robust power supply that drives a unique two stage carbon removal process to produce marketable gasses (CO₂, O₂, N₂), freshwater, and brine/salt harvesting.

Our platforms will efficiently capture carbon from the ocean and air, produce commercial quantities of biologically-derived products, and protect marine life in its vicinity. This ensures that KCR maintains or improves the surrounding marine environment. Parallel monitoring protocols established at end-process points ensures that KCR maintains or improves the surrounding marine environment. In fact, we anticipate enhanced ecological systems and refugia to arise adjacent to each platform.

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MEET THE TEAM

“A climate crisis of unprecedented scale requires solutions of unprecedented scale.
Christopher Barrett

Director Of Engineering at Kepler ReCapture

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“This is the only planet we have currently, so we need to treat it right and keep it beautiful for future generations.
Emily “FoxKat” Anderson

Senior Copy Editor at Kepler ReCapture

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“Greater than 250 Gigatonnes of CO2 by 2050! This is a goal too large for any one path, project, or organization. This will require everyone pitching in so that we can create hope for humanity’s future.
Paul Graham
Chief Operations Officer at Kepler ReCapture
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“Earth Day, 2021: Industry experts said that it couldn't be done. Earth Day, 2022: KCR has a solution to get it done.
Debi-Lee Wilkinson

Chief of Research and Development at Kepler ReCapture

 

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“Greater than 250 Gigatonnes of CO2 by 2050! This is a goal too large for any one path, project, or organization. This will require everyone pitching in so that we can create hope for humanity’s future.
Paul Graham

Chief Operations Officer at Kepler ReCapture

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TEAM LEADERS

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    Paul Graham
    CEO

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    Debi-Lee Wilkinson
    Chief of Research and Development

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    Dr. Nathan Going
    Chief Science Officer

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    Christopher Barrett
    Chief Engineering Officer

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    Kevin Burgess
    IT Architect

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