Opus 12 Wins Keeling Curve Prize

Kendra Kuhl, Nicholas Flanders, and Etosha Cave

Kendra Kuhl, Nicholas Flanders, and Etosha Cave

We’re excited to share that Opus 12, a startup that has developed a method for recycling carbon dioxide emissions into useful and cost-competitive chemicals and fuels, has won a Keeling Curve Prize. The recognition comes with a $25,000 purse.

Cyclotron Road fellows Etosha Cave and Kendra Kuhl (Cohort One), along with Nicholas Flanders, co-founded Opus 12 in 2015.

The Keeling Curve Prize prize is named after Charles David Keeling, an American scientist who developed a highly precise means to measure atmospheric carbon dioxide. The Keeling Curve, which shows the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide over time, has played a key role in our understanding of anthropogenic contribution to the greenhouse effect and global warming.

The Opus 12 team says it is deeply honored to be a recipient of this respected prize.

“We're inspired by Charles David Keeling's legacy of using science as a tool to inform the world and spark change,“ says Etosha Cave. “The persistence of Mr. Keeling and other pioneers like him is the reason we are here today, working towards a better future, particularly at this critical time in history to address climate change.”

Opus 12 will put the funding toward its efforts to redirect the Keeling Curve— capturing and utilizing CO2, rather than releasing it into the atmosphere where it would contribute to a warming planet.

The startup is one of ten organizations to win the prize this year. Click here to learn about all of the winners—including the California Energy Commission, a key Cyclotron Road supporter.