California Patent of the Month – April 2023

In the fight against climate change, one approach involves isolating carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through air-to-carbon-dioxide removal plants and sequestering it in deep underground reservoirs. However, the significant problems associated with moving the carbon dioxide to storage sites make the carbon dioxide sequestration approach virtually unachievable. Instead, what is needed are systems and techniques for preventing the carbon dioxide generated from combustion at fossil fuel-fired electricity generation plants from entering the biosphere in the first place.

This is where Lyten Inc comes in. Lyten has recently been granted a patent for their inventive concept that addresses problems associated with greenhouse gasses at the source. A processing reactor receives an effluent exhaust gas stream and directs it through a high-frequency, atmospheric pressure, non-equilibrium plasma to break apart target molecules such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and unspent hydrocarbons.

The carbon solids are captured and collected for industrial and manufacturing uses, while the resultant gasses can then be released into the surrounding environment or used for other purposes. The processing reactor facilitates tuning of the plasma, converting methane into it Lyten 3D Graphene™ and creating clean-burning hydrogen for a variety of sustainable industrial uses. Lyten 3D Graphene is infinitely tunable and functionalized to deliver the exact properties (strength, hardness, electrical conductivity, etc) necessary to optimize for each application. 

Lyten was founded on the vision of using advanced technology from the semiconductor industry to produce abundant clean energy in the form of hydrogen. In the process of realizing this vision, the company discovered the ability to produce a revolutionary new material: three-dimensional graphene. This new supermaterial boasts remarkable properties and enormous potential for innovative products and significant decarbonization effects. Using the newly patented method, the company can produce this material while reducing the carbon footprint, creating an incredibly sustainable production method. The company now aims to establish a new global industry for “decarbonization-multiplying” materials by sequestering carbon in the form of high-value foundational materials that can be used to reduce the carbon footprint of countless applications in the hardest-to-abate sectors of our economy. By creating superior materials, they intend to offer an economic pathway towards achieving gigaton-scale decarbonization impact.

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