WIRED Brand Lab: Carbon Capture Winners Revealed

Apr 25 2021

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Did you miss the live reveal of the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE hosted by WIRED Brand Labs and moderated by Wired Editor Megan Greenwell?  Fear not! We hit the record button and captured it in its full unedited glory for you to listen to now.

In 2015, XPRIZE launched the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a competition to jumpstart the carbontech economy and tackle global warming. Last Monday, April 19th the winners were revealed in an online event hosted by the Wired Brand Lab. Megan Greenwell sat down with the winners and took questions from the audience listening live.

CARBONCURE is a Canadian based company which extracts the CO2 generated in the production of concrete and recycles it back into the product.  They started off small but now operate in many countries around the globe.

UCLA CARBONBUILT came out of a UCLA lab where they designed a system to take CO2 and create a stronger concrete which is less reliant on Portland cement, a material responsible for 7% of Global CO2 emissions.

Both won the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE and took home a cheque for $7.5M each.  Although this is the end of the competition it is only the start of the journey for these companies

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