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.