At Recarbon, 3D printing is powering clean energy

AM plays a critical part in ReCarbon’s plasma carbon conversion technology, which transforms greenhouse gases into clean energy.

There is no question that one of the most pressing issues of our time is climate change. Key to addressing it—as many scientists have stated—is curbing our consumption of fossil fuels and ultimately reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. One solution is transitioning to renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar. However, there is also another urgent question: as long as we are still extracting and using fossil fuels, how do we mitigate the impact of these resources on the planet? Leveraging 3D printing in-house to advance development, California-based ReCarbon looks to answer this question.

The California-based company, founded in 2011 by plasma physicist Jay Kim, has developed a solution that converts plasma carbon to transform greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane into clean energy. As Kim says: the company is “creating circularity where there is now only pollution.” As it turns out, the company’s innovative solution owes quite a lot to additive manufacturing, as the technology has enabled ReCarbon engineers the freedom to explore new concepts and optimize their systems. Always eager to learn more about how AM fits into clean energy solutions, we spoke to Paul Hichwa, Senior Mechanical Engineer of R&D at ReCarbon.

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