Everything is connected. Every action has lasting impact, and we are hopeful about humanity’s ability to heal the planet. We are systematic about going after the industries with the largest planetary footprint while regenerating the ecosystems essential to our life.
Agriculture & Food
Agriculture & food production account for over 25 percent of global carbon emissions, 50 percent of global habitable land usage, and 70 to 90 percent of freshwater consumption. We've backed founders who rethink our food production system, from technologies driving sustainable farming practices to low-impact protein production.
Gene discovery platform for climate-resilient crops
The team has developed a novel AI platform to predict genes coding for climate-resilient traits, with high speed and confidence. It holds the promise of improving crop genetic diversity while preparing for a world with increasing climate destabilization.
Gene discovery time reduced from years to months
1000x cost reduction to develop new traitswww.avalo.ai/
Data science-driven plant-based foods
The team has developed algorithms to quickly match the taste/texture of animal-based foods with plant-based formulations - deliciously accelerating the transition to low impact eating and reducing our reliance on animal agriculture.
Algorithmic recipe development - 100x faster
Massively expanding the flavor expression of plant-based foodswww.climaxfoods.com/
Plant and cell-based seafood
Using cellular agriculture to grow bluefin tuna holds the promise of creating a delicious, pollutant-free, and cost-competitive alternative to our current practice of overfishing this apex species. Solving this problem will be allow us to meet growing global demand while allowing the ocean to rest.
Preserving bluefin tuna population which has declined by 96%
Lower production costs due to the unique properties of fish cellswww.finlessfoods.com/
Indoor robotic agriculture
Fully robotic agriculture from seed to harvest at unit economics radically competitive to outdoor agriculture. Their approach enables delicious, low-input, local, and resilient food production and can reduce the negative impacts of farming by 90%.
30x increase in production density
90% reduction in water consumption
90% less fertilizerironox.com
Autonomous electric tractors
Autonomous electric tractors that collect rich field data and can interface with smart implements to enable lower cost and higher efficacy farming. Such innovations can help accelerate the large-scale adoption of organic agriculture and better handling of soil.
Price parity with regular compact tractor
All electric and full autonomywww.monarchtractor.com/
Cell-based heritage meats
Developing cell-based lines for heritage meats such as Wagyu beef, lamb, elk, and bison. This has the potential to both address the higher end of the marketplace and promote biodiversity from lessened pressure on game animals.
Faster to reach competitive unit economics by focusing on high-end meatwww.orbillion.com/
Drone-based pesticide see & spray
Has developed a drone-based identification/application system that identifies crops and weeds and performs targeted herbicide application. The result is a 90%+ reduction in input costs, saving farmers money while significantly reducing exposure to dangerous chemistry and runoff.
95% herbicide reduction with no loss in efficacy
Up to $52 savings per acrewww.precision.ai/
D2C plant-based pet food
Addressing the 25% of US meat demand that comes from pet food, Wild Earth has created protein-rich highly nutritious pet food via fungi/yeast production. With support from veterinarians, their food is both better for the Earth, and comes with functional benefits to coat, digestion, energy and joints.
Reduce pressure on 25% US meat production for pet foodwildearth.com/
Buildings, Construction & Manufacturing
Constructing, cooling, and heating buildings account for over 20 percent of global carbon emissions. Our investments span the technology stack, from new HVAC solutions to sustainable construction methods and materials.
Wastewater-free textile dyeing
Textile dyeing is the 2nd largest cause of industrial water pollution globally. Alchemie's spray nozzles replace immersion dyeing resulting in near complete elimination of wastewater from the process, all while creating vibrant, colorfast dyed textiles at 2-3x lower cost.
2x lower opex than traditional dyeing
99+% reduction in wastewaterwww.alchemietechnology.com/endeavour
3D printing building construction
On-site robotic masonry paving the way to lower carbon buildings via the use of local materials and geopolymer cement (90% less carbon to produce).
9x faster construction
2x lower cost
90% less carbon producedwww.apis-cor.com/
Earth-digestible styrofoam replacement
Plastics and the microplastics they engender are becoming a worldwide pollutant of enormous consequence. Cruz Foam has created a fully earth-digestible replacement for styrofoam and polyurethane foam with competitive production economics.
30% cheaper than conventional foam packagingcruzfoam.com/
High efficiency, low-emission HVAC
Re-inventing air-conditioning and cooling for comfort, operating efficiency and radical reduction of refrigerant impact.
6000x reduction in GHG impact from refrigerants
2× more energy efficient HVACgradientcomfort.com
Low-carbon cement made from hyper-local waste streams
Concrete is the second most used material in the world and accounts for 8% of global emissions. Material Evolution leverages machine learning to formulate a cement replacement made from 95% hyper-local waste streams---all at a radically competitive cost.
85% less emissions
Decarbonizing building heat and power
Modern Electron has developed a breakthrough thermionic conversion technology which transforms heat from boilers and furnaces into power for onsite use, utilizing otherwise wasted energy. The team is also developing a hydrogen cogeneration product for distributed on-site generation of hydrogen, enabling buildings powered by natural gas to decarbonize without paying more.
10x efficiency vs previous best devices
80-95% less emissionsmodernelectron.com/
Energy & Transportation
Over 50 percent of energy generation still comes from burning fossil fuels. And on-road vehicles, aircraft, and ships are the largest emitters of carbon globally. Enablers of electrification and renewable energies are pivotal to a cleaner future.
Li-ion battery recycling and manufacturing
A novel approach to recycling of lithium batteries with significant improvements in unit economics from lower material separation costs and vertical integration. Battery recycling is essential to keeping the shift to electrification and renewables viable.
35% cheaper than virgin cathode
32% less emissions
13% less energy consumptionwww.batteryresourcers.com
Autonomous cargo aircraft
Serving unmet needs in the logistics sector, offering faster delivery at lower costs using low-carbon, autonomous aircraft with a flight range of 600 miles.
2x cheaper than traditional expedited logistics
90% less emissionsmightyflying.com/
Ultra-low-cost long-duration energy storage
Grid storage is essential to enabling society to replace fossil fuel generation with renewable generation at scale. Noon Energy is creating ultra-low-cost battery technology with superlinear economics and not limited by any rare earth materials.
10x cheaper than li-ion batteries
No toxic chemicals, no mined metalswww.noon.energy/
Electrifying fossil fuel vehicles in Africa
Retrofitting end of life fossil fuel commercial vehicles in Africa to convert them to electric. 40% of the world's used vehicles are exported to Africa, where they are driven for another 10 years with substandard emissions profiles. As developed markets electrify transportation, Opibus' solution ensures true additionality at planet-level.
2x lower cost than secondhand fossil fuel vehicles
80% fewer emissions than fossil fuel vehicleswww.opibus.se/
Low cost, efficient micro-wind turbines
Vertical axis wind turbine featuring low cut-in speeds, efficient power generation, simple assembly, and high durability, which all drive low lifetime costs. Removing cost barriers to accessing wind energy will drive its adoption at scale in use cases previously thought to be unfeasible.
Elegant, robust, and high-efficiency small-scale wind generation
Enables more distributed generation options and no-carbon off-grid infrastructuresemtive.com/
Forests, oceans, and soils play a key role in mitigating climate change. Biodiversity is critical to maintaining healthy ecosystems. We're drawn to founders who develop scalable businesses reversing the degradation of ecosystems.
Remote sensing for monitoring natural capital
Remote sensing using a combination of satellite data and machine learning to provide reliable, low-cost carbon stock calculations to support true additionality from carbon credits.
10x accuracy developed from 14 years of ground truthing
De-extinction of critical species
Up to half of all species could become extinct by 2050, with catastrophic implications for human prosperity. Colossal is using CRISPR technology in the de-extinction of previously lost species to restore our ecosystems, as well as genetically engineering other advanced biological solutions to combat climate change and pollution.
Re-engineer lost ecosystems to combat climate change
Building tools to prevent extinctionscolossal.com/
Automated ecosystem restoration
Robotics and automation for large-scale ecosystem restoration. From drones that can plant trees, to software that monitors and maintains ecological health, Dendra is reseting what is possible for reliable restoration of degraded lands.
Drones that can plant 120 trees / min
ML/AI and drones to scalably monitor and maintain
Exponential decreases in Cost of Restoration / Hectarewww.dendra.io