We Accelerate the Biological Carbon Pump by Fertilizing Phytoplankton with Autonomous Artificial Upwelling!

Our team of engineers and ocean scientists have pioneered a method for restoring our climate by upwelling (or pumping) cold nutrient-rich seawater from 500 meters deep to fertilize phytoplankton, microscopic algae that double in mass every 24 hours and absorb CO2, using our breakthrough wave-powered climate technology, the Autonomous Upwelling Pump (AUP). AUPs are free-floating buoys, equipped with satellite GPS, designed to flow within the ocean gyre currents, triggering phytoplankton blooms year-round.

Ocean Gyres
Phytoplankton Bloom, Atlantic Ocean. Source: NASA

Each AUP can remove about 250 tons of CO2 per year and it’s verifiable with biogeochemical Argo floats paired with an OTEC battery, a breakthrough in 2021, that allows us to achieve daily gradient readings of CO2 (down to the cubic centimeter) from the surface to 1000 meters depth. In addition, on the outlet of the AUP is a temperature sensor and a wave height/period sensor and at the bottom of the pump is a 2-ton weight that keeps the AUP verticle. On the intake valve is a mesh that prevents any deep ocean creatures (larger than a half-inch) from being pumped to the surface. Data is provided pubically, 24/7.

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30 second video demonstration of how AUPs work for fertilizing phytoplankton.
Ocean deserts
Deployment zones suited for low chlorophyll zones (dark blue to purple). Image Source: SEOS Project
We have more than 100 days of testing. Peru in the image above.