About Project Vesta

The accelerated weathering of olivine is the only method we are aware of to remove CO2 from the atmosphere that is viable with today’s technology, is permanent, can be done at a reasonable price, and that is scalable to to global yearly anthropgenic emission removal levels.

Our plan is to put the process of accelerating olivine weathering into action to demonstrate to the world that carbon removal is possible and that it is well past the time we start. Operating as a non-profit, Project Vesta seeks to create a global network of green sand beaches to counteract up to the entirety of the total yearly CO2 outputs by humans (and eventually back to pre-industrial levels).

Weathering of rock to sequester carbon is not an untested process by any means but is merely harnessing the power of the Earth’s natural mechanism for carbon sequestration. The part that is new is utilizing our process and techniques to minimize the energy use and finacial costs of accelerating the weathering rate of massive volumes of rock.

Over millions of years, the atmosphere’s CO2 would eventually balanced itself out from the natural weathering processes of the longterm carbonate-silicate cycle. However, We do not have time to wait for tectonic plate activity to expose and weather over a trillion tonnes of rock. So our plan is to take this process that would normally occur over millenia and speed it up to a handful of years.by digging up the most active type of this rock, olivine, and accelerating the weathering rate.

This project was inspired by the work Dutch geochemist R.D. Schuiling and others who have provided robust scientific evaluations of the accelerated weathering of olivine on beaches.

Project Vesta is a not-for-profit pursuit, operating under the fiscal sponsorship of Far Away Project, a 501(c)3 entity registered in California. We have just completed our first round of prsenting scientific poster presentations to the scientific communities at the Drawdown Conference, Deep Carbon Observatory, and the American Geophysical Union. In 2020, we will begin the process of sourcing an optimal beach for our Pilot Phase I(a) Safety Study.

Our plan is to get this done the “right way” by proving both the safety and weathering rate, and then working to deploy it on as many beaches as possible, as soon as possible. We are looking for collaborators of all kinds to work with to make the project a reality, whether you are a concerned human being, scientist, foundation, potential donor, student, government, policy maker, or anythign else, if you can help in any way, do not hesitate to contact us. Climate change is a problem that no individual or country can solve on their own, for this globally created problem. To solve climate change, it will take a global [dis]solution.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

The Project Vesta Team

Team

Eric Matzner

Eric started Climitigation, a climate change mitigation think tank, to help evaluate and promote promising technologies and techniques to reverse climate change. In that process, he discovered the concept of accelerated olivine weathering and as he dug deeper and deeper into the concept, he became more and more convinced it was one of the few viable techniques available today that can truly scale to permanently sequester all of humanity's yearly CO2 output at a reasonable price. It became apparent that this concept needed to be brought from the pages of scientific journals to the beaches of the world. Eric has since dedicated himself to help make these carbon sequestering, olivine sand beaches a reality.

Kelly Erhart

Kelly’s passion for innovation and environmental stewardship has led her to devoting herself to focus on areas where she sees the largest imminent threats to our planet. She is committed to reframing complex issues into solutions that foster market emergence and facilitate growth for impactful technologies. She has cultivated a multidisciplinary background, with experience in international event production, disaster relief project management, and commercialization of sustainable technologies and carbon capture methods. She is currently Co Founder & COO of Ecozoic Resources, a waterless biofiltration toilet company.

David Sneider

As a member of the crew of spaceship Earth, David knows we're all in this together. He is the creator of Galactic Tick Day, a holiday celebrating the motion of the solar system around the milky way. Inspired to create Galactic Tick Day by the Overview Effect, he continues to work to help humanity realize that we need to work together to solve our collective problems. His work on Project Vesta is a continuation of this desire to help humanity, by getting us to work together to solve our collective climate problem so we can thrive on this planet for many more ticks of the Galactic Clock. David is also the Founder of the Decentralized Collaboration Network.

Scientific Advisors and Partners

Pol Knops

Technical Adviser and Olivine Dissolution Kinetics Expert

Pol has a Master of Science in Applied Physics and enjoys being active in sustainable energy projects. Pol is an author on numerous papers related olivine weathering, including "Olivine Dissolution in Seawater: Implications for CO2 Sequestration through Enhanced Weathering in Coastal Environments" and "Integrated mineral carbonation reactor technology for sustainable carbon dioxide sequestration:‘CO2 Energy Reactor.'" He is an expert in the field of olivine dissolution kinetics and is currently the CTO at Green Minerals where he works to explore industrial and commercial uses for olivine.

Francesc Montserrat

Francesc Montserrat

Marine Ecologist and Coastal Olivine Weathering Expert

Francesc has studied the functional ecology of bottom organisms and their relationship with the environment, focusing on benthic ecosystems such as intertidal flats, coral reefs and rocky shores. Francesc has experience in experimental marine ecology, including environmental impact studies and marine habitat monitoring projects. He has conducted fieldwork studies on the natural green sand olivine beach in Hawaii (Papakōlea) including sampling corals there. Francesc has published and contributed to numerous papers on olivine weathering in coastal environments and has spent years exploring methodologies to increase natural marine carbon sinks.

Deltares

Dutch Independent Institute for Applied Research in the Field of Water, Subsurface and Infrastructure.

Deltares is a Dutch independent institute for applied research in the field of water, subsurface and infrastructure. Throughout the world, they work on smart solutions, innovations and applications for people, environment and society. Deltares' main focus is on deltas, coastal regions and river basins. Managing these densely populated and vulnerable areas is complex, which is why they work closely with governments, businesses, other research institutes and universities at home and abroad. Their motto is Enabling Delta Life. For Deltares the quality of our expertise and advice is foremost. Knowledge is their core business.