Based in Calgary, CleanO2 started as the creator of CARBiN-X, a decentralized carbon capture device that can be installed in commercial buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. A happy byproduct of the technology is commercial grade pearl ash, which the company collects to produce the world’s first carbon capture soap.
Jaeson Cardiff, CEO and Co-Founder of CleanO2 was a plumber and gas fitter by trade and worked in the heating industry for over 20 years. He used the natural gas furnace in his own home to develop the carbon capture solution.
“We’re very proud to be a Calgary-based solution,” said Cardiff. “Mindsets are varied by region. What stood out for us is that the grassroots can-do innovative spirit is alive here, and the density of innovative people to collaborate with and help together.”
CARBiN-X, which is about the size of two refrigerators, allows for micro-scale carbon capture and is installed in condo buildings and office buildings like that of energy providers ATCO and FortisBC, and in commercial operations by companies such as Lush Cosmetics. Waste heat is also captured and used to preheat water entering hot water tanks, lowering heating costs and increasing the overall energy efficiency of buildings.
CleanO2 was part of the first cohort of the Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies (CDL-Rockies), which runs out of the University of Calgary and works with startups with scalable, science-based innovations. Cardiff hopes to inspire other tradespeople to be part of Calgary’s innovation ecosystem.
“When you survey rooms, most are scientists or engineers are tied to faculty, typical white-collar thinkers. Why not more tradespeople?” said Cardiff. “There’s such a collection of creative tradespeople in the city. Tradespeople are innovators and entrepreneurs – they know how to run businesses.”
Besides playing a direct part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, CleanO2 soap products also happen to be safe, biodegradable, cruelty-free, and vegan. The company would like to become a globally recognized brand of soap and detergents to fund their research and development goals.
CleanO2 has clients in the U.S. and has garnered interest in the Asian and European markets. It continues to iterate on their technology to increase the carbon captured by CARBiN-X, with version 4.0 of the device to reduce emissions by 40 to 50 per cent. Cardiff is working with his alma matter, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), to help navigate that research.
While CleanO2 works on the commercial side of the industry, they are also looking at residential applications down the road and have created a residential prototype.
“When you turn up your thermostat or your hot water heater, and you’re not producing any greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the goal.”
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