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Broaden the horizon of possibilities

Enhanced performance via sustainable and economic carbon nanofibers

Green path over
greenhouse gases

Carbonova is a technology company developing a solution to produce high-volume superior carbon nanofibers (Carbonova fiber) for use in massive market applications.

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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.

"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."

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Carbonova Corp. Raised $6 Million to Produce Sustainable Materials from Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Our Products

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

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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?

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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!

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Utilizes GHGs

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Highly scalable

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.

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Metal displacement

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, tires

Carbonova fiber enhanced rubber

Carbon nanofibers increases rolling resistance, abrasion resistance, and wet grip for increased traction in tire manufacturing.

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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.

Electronic devices

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.

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Ink and coatings

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.

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Mina Zarabian

Board of Directors

Dr. Mina Zarabian is a dynamic leader at the forefront of the sustainable energy revolution. She obtained her PhD diploma in chemical engineering from University of Calgary where she co-invented and prototyped the process to convert greenhouse gases to solid carbon nanofibers. As the CEO and Co-founder of Carbonova Corp., she brings a wealth of experience and expertise in Materials science, chemical catalytic process, and environmental innovation to drive the company's mission of combatting climate change through advanced technology solutions. With a diverse professional journey that spans academia and industry, Mina has honed her expertise in nucleating and expanding organizational structures, showcasing her ability to scale organizations from inception to maturity. Prior to her tenure at Carbonova Corp., Mina served in various capacities, including as an instructor and lead research associate at the University of Calgary as well as executive director and fundraising lead in various not-for-profit organizations. Her contributions to research and development, particularly in environmental solutions and energy transition technologies, have earned her multiple awards and recognitions from both academic and industry circles. 

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“Carbonova, a spin-off company out of the University of Calgary, is accelerating the development and commercialization of new carbon capture and utilization technology that converts waste heat and carbon dioxide into carbon nanofibers that can be used to create valuable products.”

Pedro Pereira Almao - Co-founder - Process Development Lead of Carbonova Technology

Pedro Pereira Almao

Board of Directors

Dr. Pedro Pereira-Almao graduated at L’Universite De Poitiers, France as bachelor in Genie Chimique (Chemical Ingenuity), he obtained a PhD diploma in Heterogeneous Catalysis at the same university. He was postdoctoral fellow and research associate at LBNL, UC-Berkeley, USA. He was technologies development manager at the Venezuelan national oil company until Jan 2023. He is internationally recognized for his work on the development of catalysts and catalytic processes for a wide range of hydrocarbons processing, from natural gas to generate hydrogen and on heavy oil upgrading. He has brought to refining practice two catalytic processes for conversion of residuals. He is the co-founder of Carbonova technology and several other commercial initiatives, all based on catalysis. He led developments at the University of Calgary, as tenured professor, from where these companies spun-off. In addition, Dr. Pereira-Almao brings strong technology business and management experience. Until Jan 2023 he was the Chief Technology Officer of the Corporation having occupied that position since January 2019. He is currently retired professor from UofC and still active as CTO of NanosTech, a Vorsana group company based in British Columbia.


Sue Riddell Rose

Board of Directors

Susan L. Riddell Rose is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Perpetual Energy Inc. and has been President since its inception as its predecessor Paramount Energy Trust in 2002, and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Rubellite Energy Inc. since its spin-out from Perpetual in 2021. Ms. Riddell Rose graduated from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering and has over 35 years of experience in the Canadian oil and gas industry. She began her career as a geological engineer with Shell Canada. From 1990 until 2002, Ms. Riddell Rose was employed by Paramount Resources Ltd. in various capacities culminating in the position of Corporate Operating Officer. She has been a director of Paramount Resources Ltd. since 2000. Ms. Riddell Rose is also on the board of directors of Secure Energy Services Inc. and AltaLink LP. She is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologies, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and is a Governor of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.


Robert Lehodey

Board of Directors

Mr. Robert A. Lehodey is a Corporate Director. He was previously a partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP until his retirement from the practice of law in December 2022. Mr. Lehodey received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1979 and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University in 1982. He was called to the bar in the Province of Alberta in 1983 and practiced continuously until his retirement, garnering extensive experience in the areas of corporate, securities, energy and commercial law matters generally. Mr. Lehodey has represented numerous clients with respect to day-to-day corporate law matters, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and private placements of securities, purchase and sale of assets and shares and corporate restructurings. He also has significant corporate governance experience having acted for both public and private boards of directors and special and independent committees. He has served on a number of public and private boards in positions as chairman, lead director, as well as chairman and/or a member of audit, corporate governance and compensation committees. Mr. Lehodey is a director and/or trustee of a number of private entities.

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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.

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