Technology

Overview

Autonomous Upwelling Pump (AUP): How it works to trigger phytoplankton blooms.

The surface water is blue in the high seas (>1000 meters depth of ocean) because of a lack of phytoplankton due to being far and away from the coast, where natural upwelling is more present. Our wave-powered technology upwells cold nutrient-rich water from an ocean depth of 500 meters to trigger Phytoplankton Blooms. Phytoplankton absorbs carbon dioxide to live, and when ocean nutrients are abundant, plankton populations can explode into blooms so vast that they are visible from space!

In the 5 minute video below, Philip Kithil, CEO of Ocean-based Climate Solutions, provides a detailed description of our Autonomous Upwelling Pump (AUP), advanced climate technology for artificial upwelling in the ocean deserts.

Pump Design

Autonomous Upwelling Pump Design

Designed for self-deployment, unspooling, and filling up with water. Within two hours, water reaches the surface and begins fertilizing phytoplankton in the sunlit zone.

Verification: How do we verify CO2 removed?

Biogeochemical ARGO floats paired with Seatrec OTEC Batteries

We can take daily gradient readings from the surface to 1000 meters depth using biogeochemical Argo floats paired with Seatrec’s OTEC Batteries, tethered to an AUP at the center of an array. We would have An Argo outside the array for reference.

We are partnered with Woodhole Group, a CLS Company that provides biogeochemical readings that measure CO2 removed, among other biogeochemical data in real-time.

Reference Photo of Argo