Success Story

Clean tech innovation moves forward

PCI, along with Columbia University and the University of British Columbia, recently completed a license agreement with Heirloom Carbon Technologies. The Penn licensed technology, an enhanced weathering cycle that utilizes magnesite (MgCO3) feedstock for efficient CO2 capture and removal, was developed at Penn Engineering by Professor Jennifer Wilcox (CBE) and SEAS PhD graduate Dr. Noah McQueen (now a co-founder and head of research at Heirloom). Heirloom, a San Francisco based startup, is using natural processes to engineer a cost-effective direct air capture solution for removing CO2 from the atmosphere.  The company’s vision is to remove 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide from the air by 2035.  Heirloom recently announced that it has completed a $53M Series A financing.

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