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gigascale atmospheric hydrocarbon synthesis

Terraform Industries is scaling technology to produce cheap natural gas with sunlight and air. We are committed to cutting the net CO2 flux from crust to atmosphere as quickly as possible. As solar power gets cheaper, there will come a time when it is cheaper to get carbon from the atmosphere than an oil well. That time is now.

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Updates

May 2024: We have been deep in the design phase of our next gen full scale deployment prototype, traveling to meet partners and investors, and recruiting incredible talent to push us to the next level. More soon!

April 2024: Terraform delivered carbon neutral pipeline grade synthetic natural gas to two utility partners, verifying purity and earning a green CH4 premium of $35/MCF, emphasizing the cost-effectiveness of our approach. We managed to achieve 99.4% methane purity with our Gen 4 chemical reactor, showing exceptional performance.

March 2024: Terraform completes the end to end demo, successfully producing fossil carbon free pipeline grade natural gas from sunlight and air. We also achieved green hydrogen at <$2.50/kg-H2 and DAC CO2 at <$250/T-CO2, two incredible milestones.

February 2024: We hired Arvind Nagarajan and Russell Newman to join the engineering team, both bring decades of experience at the highest levels of engineering. Nathan Schuh has also joined us to work on ramping electrolyzer production.

January 2024: Terraform won a DOE-funded study with Energywerx, with which we are completing our 45V eligibility life cycle analysis (LCA).

December 2023: We were joined by Brian Towle and Jett Ferm of Second Group Design to help with our winter fabrication push. They will work mostly on sorbent regeneration for our ground-breaking direct air capture of CO2 process.

November 2023: Our integrated solar-electrolyzer test rig successfully produced hydrogen at the predicted efficiency, validating our approach to low cost beyond-the-grid solar.

October 2023: Our Gen 3 reactor achieved >99% conversion of CO2 to methane. Our Gen 7 electrolyzer hit key purity and current density targets. Major congratulations to the team - both these achievements are on the edge of the impossible and they made them look easy.

September 2023: We were invited to meet with ARPA-E program managers to discuss beyond-the-grid dynamically operated electrolyzers - one of our core technology achievements. Also, you should be working on hardware.

August 2023: We hired Dr Stephen Robinson, a materials science/manufacturing expert and also a very accomplished rock climber!

July 2023: Preliminary life cycle analysis on the Terraform process shows a carbon intensity of <0.02 kg-CO2/kg-CH4, 140x less than fossil natural gas.

June 2023: We welcomed our summer interns Jasmin, Ava, Shefali, and Swetha, who are already hard at work on projects they get to lead.

May 2023: Our electrolyzer team hit our target current density of 200 mA/cm^2, validating our ultra-low cost design and target efficiency.

April 2023: We raised a $6m seed extension round to complete our product prototype, the Terraformer, and run a pilot operation. As usual, we are hiring!

March 2023: We participated in the SXSW panel discussion on Atoms vs Bits along with space industry expert Lauren Lyons, Darby Dunn of Commonwealth Fusion Systems, and Skyler Shuford of Hermeus.

February 2023: We signed an offtake agreement with PG&E. Together with our agreement with SoCalGas, we now have access to >90% of California's gas market, worth ~$20b/year.

January 2023: We commissioned our Gen 2 Sabatier reactor, ran our first full scale electrolyzer cell tests, and began construction of our CO2 recovery kiln.

End of 2022: We built our early team, captured CO2, generated hydrogen, and synthesized natural gas. In 2023, we are working to integrate these processes at meaningful scale and move towards commercialization.

December 2022: We brought in Dr Lucie Nurdin (Caltech chemical engineer) to work on the Sabatier reactor which converts CO2 and hydrogen into natural gas, and Kyle Cothern (former SpaceX, Hyperloop, Vast) to supercharge our electrolyzer development. We made significant progress on an improved process for sorbent regeneration.

November 2022: In our conversations with customers, investors, and potential partners we've discovered a bunch of neat, counterintuitive facts that TI's technology brings into the world. If power is cheap, low efficiency is good. Short ROI is good. Many technical problems are soluble in cheap power. Local solar is better than long distance transmission. We need a LOT of solar panels. CO2 production correlates with wealth - the problem is fossil hydrocarbons, not CO2 per se. Our process is 1000x more energy efficient than photosynthesis. Our competition is fracking, and we'll use ~80% of all solar long term. We also built pelletizers to regenerate our sorbent and the next electrolyzer prototype.

October 2022: We crunched the impact of the IRA on our business model. The 45V green hydrogen PTC is worth nearly $32/kcf, and the 45E green electricity PTC is worth another $13.50/kcf. There are a bunch of other state and federal subsidies for carbon capture, low carbon fuel, etc and in aggregate they accelerate our profit margins by about a decade - which is to say we would be very profitable if in production today.

September 2022: Signed our first natural gas offtake agreement with SoCalGas. Congratulations to the business team for this major milestone.

August 2022: We commissioned our in house gas chromatograph, confirming >96% conversion of CO2 into CH4. The Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law, containing a number of compelling production credits which significantly accelerate our timeline to profitability and enormous scale.

July 2022: First methane from our in house Sabatier reactor. Congratulations to Arun Johnson for rapid execution of this task.

June 2022: This month our four formidable interns started. Arun Johnson is working on the Sabatier reactor. Graham Kersey is working on the calcination system. Tiana Wong has joined the business team with David and Crystal. Jason Le is working on the electrolyser.

May 2022: Welcome Dr Crystal Dilworth, who will run our post carbon industrial strategy.

April 2022: We finalized a lease on our first facility in Burbank, California. It can deliver 2400 amps of 480 V 3 phase power and, most importantly, it's a castle!

March 2022: This month we were joined by Ryan Okerson who will be mechanically engineering our atmospheric carbon conversion machinery. Ryan joins us after a stellar career at Hyperloop and SpaceX, where he was the RE of Starlink solar arrays.

February 2022: The real estate search continues.

January 2022: Terraform Industries is excited to announce that David Smyth, Dr Stephanie Coronel and Jenna Amundson have joined our mission to make natural gas better and cheaper with sunlight and air.

December 2021: Terraform Industries has raised a $5m seed round from Nat Friedman and Patrick Collison to profitably deliver industrial scale atmospheric hydrocarbon synthesis and drive down net flux of crustal CO2 into the atmosphere.

Careers

Are you mechanically intuitive? Do you want to help solve climate change? Do you like working on big hardware projects? Terraform Industries is hiring motivated, self-directed people to build our development prototype platform. Send a page of evidence of execution ability to hiring@terraformindustries.com. This could be a resume listing prestigious schools and high GPAs, but it could also be a summary of an awesome project you built that showcases your world-saving skills. At Terraform we value candidates with a variety of backgrounds. You must have a track record of designing, building, and testing hardware. You are ambitious, independent, highly organized, and have excellent communication skills.

Senior Electrical Design Engineer
Mechanical Technician

All roles are on site at our castle in Burbank.
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Blog

The Future of Energy reading list
Terraform makes carbon neutral natural gas
Terraformers have positive environmental attributes
We need permitting reform to accelerate green energy deployment
How to Produce Green Hydrogen for $1/kg
Our Product: The Terraformer
Climate Tech Checklist
Terraform Industries Whitepaper 2.0
Building a carbon capture company
Scaling carbon capture
Terraform Industries Whitepaper
We're going to need a lot of solar panels

In The News

Terraform Industries converts electricity and air into synthetic natural gas for the first time, by Aria Alamalhodaei
Making Natural Gas from Thin Air, S3 podcast with Jason Carman
Future of Humanity's Energy, Terraform tour on S3 with Jason Carman
Gigascale Hydrocarbon Synthesis on First Principles with Christian Keil
Nerds on Patrol: Terraform Industries
In defence of solar on the Age of Miracles podcast
How to make the world carbon neutral on the Abundance Makers podcast
Chemical Engineer Dr Lucie Nurdin on Parlons Futur podcast (French)
Carbon-neutral energy abundance by 2050 is possible! (French)
Solar Energy Solves Global Warming by Tomas Pueyo
Terraform Industries wants to solve climate change by making more hydrocarbons by Aria Alamalhodaei
Industrializing Carbon Removal by Anna-Sofia Lesiv
Interview with CleanTechnica by Benjamin Schulz
Energy Media podcast with Peter Perri
Scaling Carbon Tech with Florian Fontaine-Papion
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