Climate Now

Trash to treasure: One man's journey to make CO2 waste a usable product

October 26, 2021 Pol Knops Season 1 Episode 31
Climate Now
Trash to treasure: One man's journey to make CO2 waste a usable product
Show Notes

What does it take to turn an idea that could help fight climate change into a self-sustaining business? We often hear the glamorous stories of startups that have made it, but little about the struggles, the learning, and the luck required to get there.

Pol Knops, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Green Minerals, joined Climate Now to share his ongoing journey to design, develop and market a process that transforms carbon dioxide emissions into a useful product.

Green Minerals speeds up the natural process of mineralization, in which CO2 chemically reacts with iron, magnesium or calcium-rich minerals to form a new mineral, permanently trapping the CO2. 

The Green Minerals mineralization process uses olivine to react with captured CO2 to create feedstocks for the concrete and paper industries.