Project Vesta is a non-profit, founded on Earth Day 2019, operating as part of Far Away Projects, a 501(c)(3).
Project Vesta’s approach dramatically accelerates the carbonate-silicate cycle, an ancient natural process.
We spread a natural mineral, olivine, in coastal areas. There, wave action speeds up the carbon dioxide capture process while de-acidifying the ocean.
Thirty years of scientific research has demonstrated that this works and has provided strong evidence that it is a highly affordable and scalable solution.
The process captures 20 times more carbon dioxide than the extraction and transportation of the olivine. If deployed on just 0.1%-0.25% of global shelf seas, we could capture 100% of annual human carbon emissions.
Our mission is to further the science of enhanced weathering and galvanize global deployment. To that end, we are planning experiments to pilot olivine deployment.
All scientists in the field are welcome to contribute to the design of these experiments, and to analyze the resulting data.
Once we have finished the experiments and published the data, we will be able to deliver to the world a blueprint and integrated model for deploying olivine in coastal areas.
The Enhanced Weathering Integrated Assessment Model (EWIAM) will enable any government or private organization to measurably remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at scale.
Project Vesta was born out of a climate change think-tank called Climitigation. This group investigated as many carbon capture solutions as possible, searching for one that had received too little attention and investment.
Climitigation found that coastal enhanced weathering was a process with enormous potential for cheap, permanent carbon capture at massive scale. Further, they found that the technology was stuck in the lab, despite real-life beach pilots being the clear next step.
No one was bringing together the combination of multidisciplinary science, government support, funding, and sheer force of will that would help this technology ‘cross the chasm’ between theory and maturity. Project Vesta was founded to do exactly this.
We consider the entire life-cycle of the impacts of this nature-based solution. We aim to capture 20 times the CO2 we emit. We measure the ecological effects of our entire process from quarries to coastlines, and wherever possible seek to have a regenerative effect on the ecosystems and communities we touch.
We are fundamentalists about our commitment to scientific rigor. We believe that the path to global scale is paved with robust science, transparency, and the credibility that comes from these.
Scale is paramount. Our goal is to remove tens of gigatons of carbon dioxide per year. We believe that to be seriously impactful, CO2 removal solutions must be able to achieve gigaton+ scale by 2030.
This immense challenge requires extensive collaboration. We work with the global scientific community to publish peer reviewed research. We partner with governments, NGOs, academic institutions, and the private sector to advance the field with the ultimate goal of safe global deployment.
We will accomplish our mission by using the power of natural wave energy in coastal areas. Today, we know that reducing carbon dioxide emissions alone will not be enough to solve the climate crisis: we need to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Fortunately, nature already has a way, billions of years old, to do this – by weathering volcanic minerals. When rain falls on volcanic rocks and washes them into the ocean, this causes a reaction which removes CO2 from the atmosphere and locks it up in limestone at the bottom of the ocean.
The team would like to thank R.D. Schuiling and Poppe De Boer, whose passion for olivine weathering and insightful research provided significant inspiration for the Project Vesta vision, and whose work in many ways continues to guide this promising field.