Calgary-based Rain Cage Carbon, a vanguard in decarbonization technologies, recently revealed a breakthrough process to produce fullerenes and their derivatives—some of the world’s most sought-after materials—on an unprecedented scale.
Fullerenes are hollow, sphere-shaped arrangements of carbon atoms. These intricate structures pack a punch; their unique properties can enhance and speed up existing technologies, unlocking a world of applications that could reshape our existence, according to a statement from the Alberta innovator.
According to Blair Aiken, Rain Cage’s cofounder and Chairman this discovery is a historic stride forward in technology and environmental protection.
“500,000 years ago, the discovery of fire changed civilization forever,” said Aiken. “Now, Rain Cage Carbon has taken another historic leap as we explore innovative new mechanisms to protect the environment from harmful emissions.”
Advancing technologies for decarbonization, Aiken added “We’ve successfully discovered the key to converting carbon dioxide emissions, or fire’s smoke, into some of the most valuable, and expensive, materials in the world today—some worth more than USD$167 million a gram.”
The production of fullerenes has been known to scientists since 1985, but mass-production remained unreachable. Rain Cage Carbon has thrown open the doors to large-scale fullerene production, promising to revolutionize industries from energy to IT to health and agriculture.
“The applications of fullerenes have evolved from theoretical discussions about atomic clocks and GPSs to a material capable of reshaping our economy, communities, and society,” remarked Aiken. “Our passionate team of thinkers and doers have not only revolutionized decarbonization but created something revolutionary in itself.”
Already, Rain Cage Carbon is gearing up to introduce this technology to industrial emission sources, with the expectation of adding fullerenes to the global supply chain later this year. One of the first impacts will be an evolution in the global electric vehicle battery market, where fullerenes are expected to replace the more challenging-to-source, mined, and synthetic graphite.
“This discovery changes everything, from discussing what is possible with fullerenes to unlocking the impact it can have on the economy, our communities and society at large,” said Aiken. “This is only the beginning of what we can achieve together.”
On the horizon, Rain Cage has hinted at unveiling new proprietary technologies based on this discovery later in 2023, along with forthcoming decarbonization projects.
At its core, the startup remains dedicated to revolutionizing industries by capturing CO2 and other emissions and transforming them into engineered carbon. Through its tech EDEN, Rain Cage offers companies a solution to combat carbon dioxide pollution.
Rain Cage was founded by Aiken alongside Mark Fertman, Debbie Maguire, and Gerard Campeau in 2022.