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Design Artificial Paths to Capture, Utilise and Store CO2

BY LAUNCHING NEW CLIMATE VENTURES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
ABOUT DSV

Deep Science Ventures is creating a future in which both humans and the planet can thrive.

We use our unique venture creation process to create, spin-out and invest into science companies, combining available scientific knowledge and founder-type scientists into high-impact ventures.

We operate in 4 sectors: Pharmaceuticals, Energy, Agriculture and Computation, tackling the challenges defining those areas by taking a first principles approach and partnering with leading institutions.

 

The Challenge

It is unlikely that even maximum biogeochemical capacity would be sufficient to meet our climate goals: To remove 1Gt CO2 per year via afforestation or reforestation we would need 70-90 Mha, equivalent to an area twice the size of California, which would also need to be maintained and replaced continuously. Deploying point source and direct air capture and storage technologies will be key to maximising carbon capture at low land use values. Following the design principles of our previously built DAC companies, it will be essential to co-optimize the technology in context of its surrounding and its constraining resources (e.g. energy, land, offtake and water footprint) but also the CO2 destiny (e.g. CO2 conversion or storage). Using CO2 as an alternative chemical feedstock has the potential to reduce the dependency on fossil fuels and accelerate a shift to a circular economy. However, business opportunities to sell captured CO2 into established supply chains are limited. To generate additional economic incentive to capture CO2, we have to expand the solution space including cost efficient products and higher value products. 

 

Our take on building new ventures in this space

To develop the next generation of DAC technologies and CO2 utilisation routes we want to investigate novel ab- or adsorbents that allow separation and/or conversion with low energy and water input. The performance of every CO2 conversion process (e.g. biochemical, electrochemical or photochemical) will depend on the efficiency and stability of the catalyst but also on process design and integration. In order to accelerate the development of scalable CO2 conversion solutions, it will be essential to find the best combination of process stages with respect to CO2 feed concentration, origin and destiny.

 

Join us to build these ventures

You’ll join DSV as a Founding Analyst (fixed contract, full-time) and work with us for 9-12 months to further refine the approaches. At the end of the 9-12 month period you will have helped to design and spin-out one or more ventures, and will become a full-time Founder of one of them.

Taking up a Founding Analyst (FA) role at DSV differs quite significantly from the entrepreneur in residence (EIR) role in other funds or venture studios. Instead of scouting for existing technologies which might overcome a specific challenge, an FA starts with identifying the areas where there is neglect or repeated failure yet potential solutions exist if considered from a different perspective, mapping the limitations to existing approaches at the specific and macro-level and considering the constraints of the broader ecosystem (capital, expertise, IP, knowledge, competition). You will start to build a company, iteratively determining the optimal solution for the problem.

 

Our offer

We provide a monthly salary (at a pre-seed stage startup level) to bridge the gap between developing the concept and getting it to an investable company stage. You and your Co-Founder(s) will own 80% of the new venture at inception and the pre-seed investment capital is already secured from both DSV and Grantham.

 

Our impact

In the past 2 years, we have built and invested in 6 brand new companies in the energy sector across high performance materials, energy storage, green hydrogen production and carbon capture. In doing this, we have partnered with, and our companies have received funding from, the world’s leading climate-focused institutions and investors.

Previous Founding Analysts: Gael’s journey

Gael joined DSV with no specific ideas, IP or team members. He left having built both a direct air capture company Mission Zero and a green hydrogen company Supercritical Solutions.

He had the option to join either team as a co-founder, and chose to work full time with Mission Zero as it better suited his skillset. Mission Zero is developing a radical new form of bio-inspired direct air capture. 16 months after incorporation they have:

Secured a carbon removal pre-purchase agreement with Stripe worth up to $1.5m;
Raised £250k in pre-seed and currently closing a oversubscribed seed round with top-tier climate investors;
Had their DAC pilot development funded by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through its inaugural DAC & GGR competition;
Participated in the Net Zero Technology centre’s (NZTC) Tech X accelerator program, winning the Equinor award;
Secured a number of commercial agreements worth multimillions including the UK’s largest offtaker of CO2.

 

Who should apply

We’re after deep technical domain expertise in materials science or chemistry, ideally related to CO2 ab- or adsorbents, electrochemistry, catalysis, CO2 conversion and polymer chemistry.

OR

Chemical engineering or process engineering, ideally related to carbon capture, reactor design and scale-up.

Additional interests: life cycle assessment.

Needless to say that a strong desire to build a company to make a huge positive impact towards the net zero energy transition is a must, you cannot wait to get started!

ABOUT DSV

Deep Science Ventures is creating a future in which both humans and the planet can thrive.

We use our unique venture creation process to create, spin-out and invest into science companies, combining available scientific knowledge and founder-type scientists into high-impact ventures.

We operate in 4 sectors: Pharmaceuticals, Energy, Agriculture and Computation, tackling the challenges defining those areas by taking a first principles approach and partnering with leading institutions.

 

The Challenge

It is unlikely that even maximum biogeochemical capacity would be sufficient to meet our climate goals: To remove 1Gt CO2 per year via afforestation or reforestation we would need 70-90 Mha, equivalent to an area twice the size of California, which would also need to be maintained and replaced continuously. Deploying point source and direct air capture and storage technologies will be key to maximising carbon capture at low land use values. Following the design principles of our previously built DAC companies, it will be essential to co-optimize the technology in context of its surrounding and its constraining resources (e.g. energy, land, offtake and water footprint) but also the CO2 destiny (e.g. CO2 conversion or storage). Using CO2 as an alternative chemical feedstock has the potential to reduce the dependency on fossil fuels and accelerate a shift to a circular economy. However, business opportunities to sell captured CO2 into established supply chains are limited. To generate additional economic incentive to capture CO2, we have to expand the solution space including cost efficient products and higher value products. 

 

Our take on building new ventures in this space

To develop the next generation of DAC technologies and CO2 utilisation routes we want to investigate novel ab- or adsorbents that allow separation and/or conversion with low energy and water input. The performance of every CO2 conversion process (e.g. biochemical, electrochemical or photochemical) will depend on the efficiency and stability of the catalyst but also on process design and integration. In order to accelerate the development of scalable CO2 conversion solutions, it will be essential to find the best combination of process stages with respect to CO2 feed concentration, origin and destiny.

 

Join us to build these ventures

You’ll join DSV as a Founding Analyst (fixed contract, full-time) and work with us for 9-12 months to further refine the approaches. At the end of the 9-12 month period you will have helped to design and spin-out one or more ventures, and will become a full-time Founder of one of them.

Taking up a Founding Analyst (FA) role at DSV differs quite significantly from the entrepreneur in residence (EIR) role in other funds or venture studios. Instead of scouting for existing technologies which might overcome a specific challenge, an FA starts with identifying the areas where there is neglect or repeated failure yet potential solutions exist if considered from a different perspective, mapping the limitations to existing approaches at the specific and macro-level and considering the constraints of the broader ecosystem (capital, expertise, IP, knowledge, competition). You will start to build a company, iteratively determining the optimal solution for the problem.

 

Our offer

We provide a monthly salary (at a pre-seed stage startup level) to bridge the gap between developing the concept and getting it to an investable company stage. You and your Co-Founder(s) will own 80% of the new venture at inception and the pre-seed investment capital is already secured from both DSV and Grantham.

 

Our impact

In the past 2 years, we have built and invested in 6 brand new companies in the energy sector across high performance materials, energy storage, green hydrogen production and carbon capture. In doing this, we have partnered with, and our companies have received funding from, the world’s leading climate-focused institutions and investors.

Previous Founding Analysts: Gael’s journey

Gael joined DSV with no specific ideas, IP or team members. He left having built both a direct air capture company Mission Zero and a green hydrogen company Supercritical Solutions.

He had the option to join either team as a co-founder, and chose to work full time with Mission Zero as it better suited his skillset. Mission Zero is developing a radical new form of bio-inspired direct air capture. 16 months after incorporation they have:

Secured a carbon removal pre-purchase agreement with Stripe worth up to $1.5m;
Raised £250k in pre-seed and currently closing a oversubscribed seed round with top-tier climate investors;
Had their DAC pilot development funded by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through its inaugural DAC & GGR competition;
Participated in the Net Zero Technology centre’s (NZTC) Tech X accelerator program, winning the Equinor award;
Secured a number of commercial agreements worth multimillions including the UK’s largest offtaker of CO2.

 

Who should apply

We’re after deep technical domain expertise in materials science or chemistry, ideally related to CO2 ab- or adsorbents, electrochemistry, catalysis, CO2 conversion and polymer chemistry.

OR

Chemical engineering or process engineering, ideally related to carbon capture, reactor design and scale-up.

Additional interests: life cycle assessment.

Needless to say that a strong desire to build a company to make a huge positive impact towards the net zero energy transition is a must, you cannot wait to get started!

Interviews ongoing for a full-time start in asap

Interviews ongoing for a full-time start in asap