Before the GEA@275 technology can be used for carbon dioxide removal, we must conduct further research to prove that it is a safe approach.
The biggest problem we, and many other ocean researchers face is the poor understanding of the ocean. Using traditional approaches of sailing around the oceans and taking seawater samples will not provide the updated and current information we need. We are developing a new and advanced underwater sensing and software analysis platform that gathers intelligence and monitors the water column in real-time using a combination of specifically calibrated bio-optic and bio-acoustic sensor technology as well as machine learning. Our system will be able to collect real time data and monitor all parameters of the euphotic zone.
R&D Project milestones:
1. Develop and build Photosynthetron for accurate water sample incubation.
2. Calibrate and modify sensors by comparing water samples with sensor readings. Develop software analysis platform.
5. Design an build Remotely Operated Vertical Profiler.
6. Arctic-Antarctic cruise. Test and verify the GEA@275 technology. The REV Ocean will provide us with free ship time for open ocean reserach.
7. Test Marine snow in an open ocean experiment in the Southern Ocean.
8. Go to market and sell carbon credits.
9. Innovation project for industrial scale up of the GEA@275 technology.
We are currently building the prototype Photosyntetron which is necessary for accurate incubation of water samples. We are measurig and modifying specific sensors and have started the software development. We are in dialogue with several potential project partners for the full R&D project, and are working on the application for Norwegian R&D grants available for us, with deadline September 2020. We have divided the R&D Project in two phases of four years. Below is a scenario of which programs we will apply for and timeline.
Small-scale lab testing using Mediterranean phytoplankton species and communities living in a temperature range from 18 to 20°C has validated and confirmed GEA@275TM . Prof. Stasa Puskaric knows how to make Marine snow in the lab.
Before our proposed solution can be utilized, we must first test the technology in controlled laboratory conditions with phytoplankton species and communities from the Southern oceans at in situ conditions in terms of temperature, irradiance, salinity and nutrient conditions. This involves traveling to the Southern oceans, gathering samples, conducting tests, and transporting water samples to a land-based lab to perform additional simulations and analyses.