CNBC's Catherine Clifford is reporting that Khosla Ventures is investing in a carbon removal company that makes orchards of lung-like material to absorb CO2 from air.
Spiritus, a startup backed by Khosla Ventures, has developed a novel direct air carbon capture technology that mimics the architecture of a human lung. The company's lung-like material, or "sorbent," absorbs carbon dioxide passively and is shaped into round balls, resembling artificial fruits, which are laid out in a carbon-capture orchard.
These lung-like "fruit" are collected and subjected to a desorption process, where low heat is applied to remove the carbon dioxide. The desorption process is powered by clean energy. Spiritus aims to achieve the U.S. Department of Energy's goal of capturing carbon dioxide and storing it for less than $100 per metric ton.
The company's approach is considered more efficient and cost-effective than many existing carbon capture technologies, making it an attractive investment for Khosla Ventures.
(This article was written with assistance from ChatGPT)