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CarbonQuest launches the first of its kind Building Carbon Capture™ System to reduce building emissions

CarbonQuest, the building carbon capture start-up, launched its first fully operational onsite Building Carbon Capture System™ today in New York City to deliver immediate emissions reductions in large buildings. 

The Grand Tier at 1930 Broadway is a multi-family, 375,000 sq ft building that is significantly reducing its emissions with CarbonQuest’s technology.  The system captures carbon dioxide generated during daily operations of the building. The system is located discreetly in the basement with zero interruption to the tenants.

The building’s owner, Glenwood Management, sees Building Carbon Capture™ as a key element on the company’s path towards sustainability.  “Onsite carbon capture is a solution that dramatically reduces emissions now, without waiting for the 100% clean grid,” said Josh London, Senior Vice President at Glenwood. “It is an exciting and crucial addition to other measures we are undertaking to reduce emissions in our buildings.”

The captured carbon is liquified onsite. The liquid CO2 contributes to the circular economy in the region by being re-used in the exciting new market of carbon sequestration and utilization. Glenwood Mason Supply (no relation to Glenwood Management), the largest concrete block manufacturer in New York City, injects CarbonQuest’s Sustainable CO2™ into its concrete blocks that are then used in construction of new buildings. 

“Concrete is a high emissions business, and we are doing everything we can to reduce that footprint,”said Jeff Hansen, Director of Architectural Sales at Glenwood Mason. “Being able to re-use locally generated CO2 is a milestone, and we are proud to be the first concrete block manufacturer in the area to do so.”

CarbonQuest’s Sustainable CO2™ can be used in a variety of exciting new applications from geological storage to concrete, to displacement of petroleum in chemicals and plastics. “We see the need for Building Carbon Capture™ in cities across the country,” said Shane Johnson, CEO of CarbonQuest, “and so many applications for sequestration or re-use. It’s a really exciting time for lowering the carbon footprint of our cities.” 

Building Carbon Capture™ can capture all of a building’s emissions stemming from natural gas usage, depending on the size and design of the building.  The technology plays well with other building decarbonization technologies, such as energy efficiency, energy management, electrification and others. “New York City and the state have demonstrated ambition and leadership when it comes to lowering emissions from buildings. But not every large building can be fully electrified, and the grid will not be clean overnight,” said Brian Asparro, Chief Operating Officer responsible for commercialization activities at CarbonQuest. “For larger buildings, carbon capture, combined with energy management, can be an immediate and cost-effective solution without disrupting daily operations or lives of the tenants.”

New York City passed a law, Local Law 97, that penalizes 50,000 of the City’s largest buildings for any CO2 emissions over a predetermined limit.  Urban Green Council estimates that only 25% of the buildings will be able to comply with 2024 or 2030 emissions caps.

About CarbonQuest: CarbonQuest is leading the Quest for decarbonization by providing building owners advanced technologies and solutions that enable acceleration of global carbon reduction now with offices in Spokane Valley and New York City.

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