Green path over
Carbonova is a technology company developing a solution to produce high-volume superior carbon nanofibers (Carbonova fiber) for use in massive market applications.
Carbonova technology utilizes huge amounts of greenhouse gas feedstocks annually and turns them into a sustainable and valuable solid commodity.
The company owns the proprietary process and catalysts formulation. With headquarters in Alberta, Carbonova is on track to building the first large scale commercial carbon nanofibers unit in Canada by 2021.
"Lines from a row of tanks feed two greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and methane, into a chamber the size and shape of a wasp’s nest. Less than a minute later, the other end spits out carbon fibre, a more valuable material that is used in cars, planes, golf clubs and other useful things."
Carbon nanofiber is a material with extraordinary mechanical, thermal, electrical, and chemical properties. It has applications in a wide variety of industries including transportation vehicles, concrete, electronic devices, textiles, ink, coatings, lubricants, tires, and agriculture.
We produce carbon nanofiber from a novel process that utilises carbon dioxide and methane. Our feedstocks have low cost and high global warming impacts, and we transform them into a material that is valuable and in demand.
Carbonova Technology: Key Differences
Valuable and in demand
Carbon nanofiber is 40 times stronger and 4 times lighter than steel. It even created a new category of super ultrahigh strength allowing us to broaden the horizon of what we consider "possible". Space elevator anyone?
Low energy demand and cost
The Carbonova cycle recovers and recycles the excess heat and uses a unique catalyst surface chemistry. This both speeds up and reduces the energy input required to break carbon dioxide and form carbon nanofiber.
The high energy demand and cost of raw materials are the main cost components of current production means, our process is able to solve both!
Our unique process is not only able to transform carbon dioxide but also methane - which is 30 times more impactful in global warming. With over 140 billion cubic meters flared into the atmosphere annually, capturing methane into carbon nanofibers opens up doors to further recycle greenhouse gases from landfills, biomass, and natural gas reservoirs with high carbon dioxide content.
Carbonova technology is similar in many aspects to conventional catalytic processes, performing in a continuous flow mode with a high rate of conversion. It does not have the complications and limitations of other processes such as plasma, laser, and electrochemical processes.
Carbonova Fibers Applications
The potential for carbon nanofibers is endless and new possibilities will only be discovered as we continue moving towards the future.
Carbonova fiber reinforced polymers
Carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP) with enhanced mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties are replacing metals (steel and aluminium) in many applications
Rubber, elastomer, tire
Carbonova fiber enhanced rubber
Carbon nanofibers increases rolling resistance, abrasion resistance, and wet grip for increased traction in tire manufacturing.
Carbonova fiber batteries and capacitors
Carbon fibers have high electrical conductivity and are currently being used in electronic devices such as batteries, capacitors, and transistors.
Carbonova fiber modified oil and water based fluids
Carbonova nanofibers reduce the friction coefficient and enhance wear resistance. Moreover, carbon nanofibers are benign in the harsh thermal and chemical environment, they offer high thermal dissipation and electrical conductivities for well logging applications.
Ink and coating
Carbonova fiber based coatings
Carbon nanofibers enhances the strength and wear resistance of coatings. They also provide a conductive network in the coating and lowers the need for sacrificial metal for corrosion control coatings.
Carbonova fiber micronutrients
Carbon nanofibers have very high surface area and are able to absorb and store some other components. They can absorb essential micronutrients and release it to the soil slowly.
Dr. Mina Zarabian is a graduate from chemical engineering at the University of Calgary. She is the co-inventor of Carbonova technology, and has proven records of leadership with over 10 years of research experience in materials engineering, catalytic processes, and clean energy innovations. She is a greenSTEM fellow and is pursuing business and technical development of carbonova technology.
“The program is a win-win for everyone involved,” Dr. Wilson says. “Our students are provided the necessary support they need to bring their knowledge to market, and these highly qualified professionals have the opportunity to continue their work locally.”
Pedro Pereira Almao
Process development lead
Dr. Pedro Pereira Almao is internationally recognised for his work on the development of catalysts and catalytic processes for heavy oil upgrading. He is the co‑inventor of Carbonova technology and is currently leading the technical development team at the University of Calgary. In addition, he also brings strong technology business and management experience.
Serial entrepreneur, founder and previous CEO of Seven Generations Energy Ltd.
Pat, as a member of a team of entrepreneurs, is presently engaged in building a company with the objective of developing new markets for Canadian natural gas via electrical power generation, petrochemical manufacture and LNG export. In addition, he is also actively working on vertically integrating development of natural gas resources.
Carbonova has teamed up with NanosTech, an APEGA registered and experienced company for engineering and scale-up, and with the University of Calgary, the Canadian leader in the energy and environment, to optimize and test the products at progressive scales. Carbonova Corp. does not directly offer or supply engineering services.