Local Teens Help Invent Carbon Capture Device

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Kyle McLoughlin (left), a La Cañada Flintridge resident, and Cameron Miller have invented a unique carbon-capturing system they call Carbonet Zero. They’re seeking funding through a Kickstarter campaign to continue to develop it.

Over the past year, La Cañada Flintridge resident Kyle McLoughlin and Cameron Miller have developed a product named Carbonet Zero, a carbon capture system that is capable of attaching to a home’s water heater, generator or other gasoline/natural gas burning appliances, in a quest to help solve climate change.
Over the summer, the duo — both of whom attended St. Bede School — conducted research on clean energy technologies in their backyard laboratory, placing an emphasis on carbon capture systems, which has shown promise as an economically viable option to capture greenhouse gases at residential homes.
After designing a prototype and establishing a relationship with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, McLoughlin and Miller, both 17, launched a Kickstarter campaign for Carbonet Zero.
They are seeking investment in order to bring this product to stores and housing projects across the country.
Whereas many carbon capture systems operate on the same principle of capturing carbon dioxide from factories and storing it in the ground or elsewhere, the Carbonet Zero system is unique because it focuses on providing capture for houses — which also are large emitters of greenhouse gases.
For example, a water heater in the United States produces an average of 3,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, but with the installation of Carbonet Zero, this figure can be reduced to nearly zero.
Carbonet Zero would not only work for water heaters, but its versatile design allows it also to connect to a wide range of appliances such as generators, pool heaters, furnaces and more.
Because current industrial carbon capture generally does not produce profit, McLoughlin and Miller designed a system that can act as an investment for users by allowing them to be paid for the carbon they capture.
Customers will be able to return used filters to stores and receive a full refund with a percentage interest. Carbonet Zero can offer that by taking the byproduct of the filters and use it to produce concrete, biodegradable plastics and potentially carbon nanofibers, all of which return a net profit that can be returned in part to customers.
To access the Kickstarter campaign, which ends in mid-October, search “Carbonet Zero” on Kickstarter.com or visit goo.gl/1AijBN.

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