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Robert MahBy Robert Mah
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Robert MahBy Robert Mah
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CA$ 1,001
pledged of CA$ 10,000pledged of CA$ 10,000 goal
9
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, March 9 2016 8:34 PM UTC +00:00

About

There’s a new initiative to fix global warming and you can be part of the solution. Not some vague carbon offset project that is seeking funding but something you can buy and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) in the world. One square foot at a time. The solution is a sequestering system that only uses solar energy and sequesters carbon dioxide in measureable and publishable quantities. You’ll be able to contribute to CO2 reduction worldwide and be able to view the progress online and your contribution. 

Two implementation systems will be available from an organization called Carbon Block. The first system is organic based on photosynthesis. It is a microcontroller based ecosystem that will grow floating duckweed. The amount of carbon sequestered can be measured by the amount of organic material produced. These results will be published in a web-based cloud database that will also show an aggregate of all operating Carbon Block ecosystems. The system includes solar cells and energy storage that ensure maximum conversion of CO2. The microcontroller will determine the best use of solar light received and conserve energy or use grow day extension through LED lights. The microcontroller will spend most of the time in low power sleep mode and only wake periodically to check if specific process actions are required, for example, run pumps for aeration and transmit any data to the cloud. 

The second system will be designed to deploy on non-arable land thus allowing carbon offsets on areas where plants or trees cannot grow. The plan is to use replicating nano-technology to convert CO2 into oxygen without the presence of water. 

Systems will be 100% open source. All software and process development will be openly published. Hardware and software platforms will be commercially available. Anyone can follow the published plans and build a square foot sequestering system. It will also be available in kit form or as a complete working system. System deployment is a public service to reduce CO2 and not necessarily commercially profitable. 

Primary sponsor RM Systems Integrators, an engineering firm that has experience developing control systems, will expend up to $5,000 to complete, test and optimise a Phase 1 system. This kickstarter campaign is to fund further development and also a test of whether people are willing to donate to solve the global warming issue. Any size donation is welcome. The donor perks below are minimal to maximize use of funds for actual research and deployment of systems.

You can reduce global warming by buying a $500 reward, you'll get a system ready to go. The $130 reward gives you a kit of parts with some assembly required.

Follow our progress at : http://carbonblock.org

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Risks and challenges

The plan is to have a fully automated sequestering system. However, due to cost limitations some manual intervention may be required. For instance, occasional cleaning of parts.

The second system process has been achieved in a vacuum chamber but this is cost prohibitive and requires energy to operate. An alternative nano-process is sought but make not be achievable in a cost effective manner.

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About $19

    Carabiner Key Tag with carbonblock.org imprinted

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $37

    T-Shirt with full colour Carbon Block logo. Please specify S M L XL XXL

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    Pledge CA$ 75 or more About $56

    Essential Brief Bag with Carbon Block Logo. This 600-denier zippered polyester bag has two front mesh pockets to hold your water bottle, phone, eyeglass case or accessories.
    Clear ID window on the back displays their driver's license or business card.
    Adjustable shoulder strap and top-grab handles ensure easy portability.
    Stylish design features kiwi accents.
    Size: 304 x 406 x 88mm (12" x 16" x 3-1/2").

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    Pledge CA$ 130 or more About $97

    1 square foot carbon dioxide sequestering system kit. Some assembly required but will include microcontroller, batteries, battery holder, solar cells, water pump, filter media, plant containers, sensors and wiring. Acrylic box and trays will be shipped flat and pre-cut but will need to be glued together. Also assembly with nuts and bolts; crimping connectors using pliers. Organic materials will need to be sourced locally. Any seeds may be grown in the containers. Duckweed for the bottom tank is readily available from aquarium shops for a dollar or so. Carabiner Key Tag and T-Shirt included.

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $372

    Sponsorship recognition on carbonblock.org website. 1 square foot carbon dioxide sequestering system. Ready to run. Unlimited system support and firmware updates. Carabiner Key Tag and T-Shirt included.

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Funding period

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