Ocean Visions Launchpad

The Ocean Visions Launchpad supports selected $100M XPRIZE Carbon Removal competitors using ocean-based technologies to develop and validate their technology and business models and improve their chances of success. We work with selected teams to identify their specific needs and build customized expert advisory teams to provide ongoing advice and support.

Team: Phykos

Phykos is a startup developing a technology that can grow seaweed on mobile, autonomous platforms, to then be harvested and deposited in the ocean for sequestration purposes.


The Technology

Phykos is developing mobile, solar-powered autonomous vessels on the open ocean designed to amplify seaweed’s natural carbon dioxide removal ability by giving it a greater surface area on which to grow. The seaweed biomass is periodically harvested and then deposited in the deep ocean, sequestering its embodied carbon.

The Potential Advantages

Phykos’ distributed, modular systems enable low-cost carbon removal that is measured directly and reported securely. Resulting carbon credits are sold to corporations and governments to meet their climate commitments.

The Challenges

As Phykos moves from the design engineering phase into early manufacturing, challenges include an uncertain regulatory landscape and a need to better understand the potential impacts of the deployment at scale. Ocean Visions will assemble a team to address these challenges.

Nico Julian

Founder and CEO

Jeff Zerger

Founder and COO

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