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 Carbon 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

KCR is developing a fully-autonomous network of geo-positioned deep water spar platforms, each capable of sustaining 25 hectares of space for biological & chemical carbon capture; on-premises manufacture of bio-aggregates; and ample power to deliver green CO₂, renewable energy, and desalinated water onshore via an integrated submersible floating pipeline. 

Our multifaceted state-of-the-art technology stack includes patented technologies such as:

Integrated Power Source and Processes (IPSAP) combining streams from Uehara OTEC engine, thermally-localized multi stage solar still, vertical-axis wind turbines, and kinetic marine energy to drive a cryogenic distillation process for marketable gases (CO₂, O₂, N₂,), freshwater production, and brine/salt harvesting.  

Lilypad Biologic Aquaculture and Bioreactors (LBAB) protects marine life while also preconditioning seawater and commercially producing biologically-derived products prior to the IPSAP stage, more efficiently driving ocean/air carbon capture. 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.

THE KEPLER SOLUTION

KCR is developing a fully-autonomous network of geo-positioned deep water spar platforms, each capable of sustaining 25 hectares of space for biological & chemical carbon capture; on-premises manufacture of bio-aggregates; and ample power to deliver green CO₂, renewable energy, and desalinated water onshore via an integrated submersible floating pipeline. 

Our multifaceted state-of-the-art technology stack includes patented technologies such as:

Integrated Power Source and Processes (IPSAP) combining streams from Uehara OTEC engine, thermally-localized multi stage solar still, vertical-axis wind turbines, and kinetic marine energy to drive a cryogenic distillation process for marketable gases (CO₂, O₂, N₂,), freshwater production, and brine/salt harvesting.  

Lilypad Biologic Aquaculture and Bioreactors (LBAB) protects marine life while also preconditioning seawater and commercially producing biologically-derived products prior to the IPSAP stage, more efficiently driving ocean/air carbon capture. 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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Flexible Removal Of CO₂ From The Ocean

Together we can be climate positive and remove 1 gigaton of CO₂ from the Earth’s oceans

Looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint? With our Kepler ReCapture subscription service, you can order the removal of CO₂ in your personal or company name. Choose a subscription that best suits you and easily adapt your selection at any time. At the end of the year we send you a confirmation of the amount of CO₂ removal you have ordered.

Flexible Removal Of CO₂ From The Ocean

Together we can be climate positive and remove 1 gigaton of CO₂ from the Earth’s oceans

Looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint? With our Kepler ReCapture subscription service, you can order the removal of CO₂ in your personal or company name. Choose a subscription that best suits you and easily adapt your selection at any time. At the end of the year we send you a confirmation of the amount of CO₂ removal you have ordered.

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792kg | 1 summer of grilling
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66kg | 160 miles of driving

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792kg | 1 summer of grilling

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1980kg | 1 year in a small family home

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6600kg | 1 year in a large family home

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13200kg and up | Enterprise

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“All hands on deck” is a command since early times for mariners to come together as a team. Today, it calls us, as stewards of our planet, to work collectively and bring about a sustainable and optimum future.
Dr. Mark Johnson

Ocean Physics Lead at Kepler ReCapture
Professor of Oceanography at University of Alaska Fairbanks

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