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This is the official weblog of writer, computer geek and general near-do-well G Allen. He lives in a moderately large town somewhere in the unfashionable West Coast of the East United States. He's written several short stories, working on a couple of novels. He also plays both professionally and otherwise with various bits of computer gear.
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Located in Costa Mesa, California, Newlight Technologies is forming plastic out of thin air. Literally.
"We would be breathing this right now," said Mark Herrema, Newlight’s CEO.
Herrema sees both sides of the climate change debate.
"You’ve got people on one side who say, if we enact carbon legislation it’s going to cost the economy, and they’re not wrong," Herrema said. "On the other side, we have people who say this is a huge problem and we need to do something about it, and they’re not wrong, either. The problem is they haven’t been able to find something that works for both sides."
The 32-year-old may have found that “something.” He’s figured out how to make plastic out of destructive carbon emissions that would otherwise heat the atmosphere, rather than with fossil fuels such as oil. Most importantly, he figured out a way to do it cheaper. It’s something he has been working on for 11 years since he started the company with his friend Kenton Kimmel in his parents’ garage.
"We’re not the first people to have the idea of turning greenhouse gas into plastic," Herrera said. "The thing that was missing was that no one had figured out how to do it cost-effectively."
Here’s how it works: Carbon emissions are captured from farms, landfills, and energy facilities and are fed into a 50-foot-tall reactor at Newlight’s plant. A bundle of enzymes strips out the carbon and oxygen and rearranges them into a substance they call air carbon.
The product is then melted down and cooled inside tubes and sliced into little plastic pellets that can be molded into anything.
Herrema calls it “a disruptive technology that’s gonna change the world.”
Category Archives: SCA
Went to the Pennsic War last week. I did a little side trip to the “Roswell of the East Coast,” Point Pleasant WV; home of the “Mothman” and other assorted weirdness back in the 1970s. Point Pleasant is a nice … Continue reading
I attended one of one of our regional SCA things last weekend. Attended is kind of a misnomer - I was on staff and running checking gate for the weekend. This consists of greeting carloads of people and having them … Continue reading
Yikes! I’v had a busy week and it taint over yet. Went to see my Mom on Monday and look at her house, Mom’s fine bu the house is going to need some work. Had to get a couple of used books (there is … Continue reading
I suppose’ that I should just let this one lie. I’t a pain to even think about it, however I can see it slowly moving into the conscience of the ‘net’ and it really pisses me off, so here goes. Last week … Continue reading
It’s pretty strange to be here again. Last year we skipped it, too little time, not enough money we said. This year we decided that it could be a cheap vacation. Seems a lot of people made that decision, this … Continue reading
Ok, so I’m a geek. I dress up in this faux roman garb, sit around in a tent and write blog posts on my laptop. I dug out my armor today, did some adjustments and wandered up to the field … Continue reading
Well, once again we loaded up the family jalopy and headed out to the Pennsic War. Deb, E’ and I got on the road at about 3:00PM on Sunday, July 26th 2009. After about 23 hours of driving and several … Continue reading
We got back last night, dropping E off at the grandparents. The drive went very well and we found all the cats, one turtle and our house still OK.Pennsic itself was fine other than the weather. It rained nearly every … Continue reading