Sustainability means “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
“Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development”.
UN Documents. n.d. Web. Retrieved 27 June 2013. http://www.un-documents. net/ocf-02.htm
We need to take care of our planet. We believe in the high-potential of the carbon-free fuels technologies. By investing in innovation technology, Hippocampus OU is fighting climate change.
Hippocampus OU is a company that proves, scales, and commercializes technology for massive impact in the long term. Hippocampus OU is committed to being an active driver of climate change initiative. Hippocampus OU’s sustainability policy is in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. By placing our bets on innovative technologies, we are kick-starting the carbon removal market. We urge you to join us.
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Why carbon dioxide?
Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas: a gas that absorbs and radiates heat. Warmed by sunlight, Earth’s land and ocean surfaces continuously radiate thermal infrared energy (heat). Unlike oxygen or nitrogen (which make up most of our atmosphere), greenhouse gases absorb that heat and release it gradually over time, like bricks in a fireplace after the fire goes out. Without this natural greenhouse effect, Earth’s average annual temperature would be below freezing instead of close to 60°F. But increases in greenhouse gases have tipped the Earth's energy budget out of balance, trapping additional heat and raising Earth's average temperature.
Carbon dioxide is the most important of Earth’s long-lived greenhouse gases. It absorbs less heat per molecule than the greenhouse gases methane or nitrous oxide, but it’s more abundant and it stays in the atmosphere much longer. And while carbon dioxide is less abundant and less powerful than water vapor on a molecule per molecule basis, it absorbs wavelengths of thermal energy that water vapor does not, which means it adds to the greenhouse effect in a unique way. Increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide are responsible for about two-thirds of the total energy imbalance that is causing Earth's temperature to rise.
The graph above shows the heating imbalance in watts per square meter relative to the year 1750 caused by all major human-produced greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, chlorofluorocarbons 11 and 12, and a group of 15 other minor contributors. Today's atmosphere absorbs about 3 extra watts of incoming solar energy over each square meter of Earth's surface. According to NOAA's Annual Greenhouse Gas Index (right axis) the combined heating influence of all major greenhouse gases has increased by 43% relative to 1990. Graph by NOAA Climate.gov based on data from NOAA ESRL.
Carbon dioxide concentrations are rising mostly because of the fossil fuels that people are burning for energy. Fossil fuels like coal and oil contain carbon that plants pulled out of the atmosphere through photosynthesis over the span of many millions of years; we are returning that carbon to the atmosphere in just a few hundred years.
The graph above shows global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations (CO2) in parts per million (ppm) for the past 800,000 years. The peaks and valleys track ice ages (low CO2) and warmer interglacials (higher CO2). During these cycles, CO2 was never higher than 300 ppm. On the geologic time scale, the increase (orange dashed line) looks virtually instantaneous. Graph by NOAA Climate.gov based on data from Lüthi, et al., 2008, via NOAA NCEI Paleoclimatology Program. [Update August 20, 2020. An earlier version of this image had an error in the scaling on the X axis. This affected the apparent duration and timing of the most recent ice ages, but did not affect the modern or paleoclimate carbon dioxide values.]
According to State of the Climate in 2019fromNOAA and the American Meteorological Society, from 1850 to 2018, 440 ± 20 Pg C (1 Pg C = 10¹⁵ g C) were emitted as CO₂ from fossil fuel burning (Friedlingstein et al. 2019). For 2018 alone, global fossil fuel emissions reached 10 ± 0.5 Pg C yr−1 for the first time in history (Friedlingstein et al. 2019). About half of the CO₂ emitted since 1850 remains in the atmosphere. The rest of it has partially dissolved in the world’s oceans… . While the terrestrial biosphere is currently also a sink for fossil fuel CO₂, the cumulative emissions of CO₂ from land use changes such as deforestation cancel terrestrial uptake over the 1850–2018 period (Friedlingstein et al. 2019).
Based on air bubbles trapped in mile-thick ice cores (and other paleoclimate evidence), we know that during the ice age cycles of the past million years or so, carbon dioxide never exceeded 300 ppm. Before the Industrial Revolution started in the mid-1700s, the global average amount of carbon dioxide was about 280 ppm.
By the time continuous observations began at Mauna Loa Volcanic Observatory in 1958, global atmospheric carbon dioxide was already 315 ppm. On May 9, 2013, the daily average carbon dioxide measured at Mauna Loa surpassed 400 ppm for the first time on record. Less than two years later, in 2015, the global amount went over 400 ppm for the first time. If global energy demand continues to grow and to be met mostly with fossil fuels, atmospheric carbon dioxide is projected to exceed 900 ppm by the end of this century.
Hippocampus OU’s climate change commitment
Hippocampus OU is the developer of NAGE-fuel technology – the innovative technology in the production of eco-friendly, zero CO2 emission fuel. The NAGE-fuel is the next-generation fuel and the energy source for auto-car engines, thermal and power plants.
We intend to develop production facilities to produce NAGE-fuel. We plan to design and build a total of 5 production facilities initially. We plan to acquire land areas in Europe for building production facilities. The estimated production capacity of a standardized production plant will be 300,000 tons of NAGE-fuel per year.
We intend to develop five production facilities in the EU by 2030 and about 250-500 facilities globally by 2045.
The rate of plant' deployment will depend on legislation, requirements for non-fossil fuel, and the evolution of oil, gas, electric power, and renewable power prices.
NAGE-fuel technology is currently in the process of laboratory assays. More to come.
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