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, can be done at a reasonable price, and that is scalable to the gigaton level.

Our plan is to put this process 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 counter-act 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. For starters, 99.9% of carbon on earth is found in rock or sediment.

The proof that this works on a global scale, is that during Eocene times, the exposure of fresh rock in the Himalayas and Tibet Plateau exposed so much of this type of rock that it led to the Quarternary Glaciation period 2.5 million years ago ( Raymo & Ruddiman (1992)).

Overtime volcanos put out so much CO2, that if it were not for the CO2 sequestering properties of volcanic rock they expose, the earth would be unlivable for us. Over millions of years, the atmosphere’s CO2 was balanced by the increased rock. We do not have enough time to wait for tectonic plate activity to expose more of ths rock. So our plan is to take this process that would normally occur over millions of years and speed it by, 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 created by Climitigation, a climate change mitigation think tank. We are looking for collaborators of all kinds to work with us on the project, from concerned human beings to scientists, to foundations, to donations and governments. We just want to get this done on as many beaches as possible, as soon as possible, so if you can help in any way, do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you!

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.

Partners and Advisers

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.

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. Project Vesta's pending agreement with Deltares will be for Deltares to come up with the measurements and processes to accurately monitor the exact real-world dissolution rate on our specific beach projects. Deltares believes in openness and transparency and will open source all of their work with us. Deltares employs over 800 people and is based in Delft and Utrecht.

Ryan Kushner

Strategy and Partnerships Adviser

Ryan is an expert in energy, climate, and innovation ecosystem (incubator/accelerators and prizes) as tools. He writes and speaks about the role of exponential clean energy technology and the inevitable path towards a 100% renewable and clean world. He is the author of Accelerate This! A Super Not Boring Guide To Startup Accelerators And Clean Energy Entrepreneurship, sponsored by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Wildlife Fund and the California Clean Energy Fund (where he is an Expert In Residence), and featuring Y Combinator, Techstars, 500 Startups and other fascinating programs from all around Spaceship Earth. In addition to energy, he is also involved with accelerators and funds in clean meat/new protein, carbontech and oceantech.