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January 19, 2023

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1 big thing: 🦄 Another carbon capture unicorn

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Svante, an industrial carbon capture developer based outside Vancouver, British Columbia, is the latest carbon capture unicorn following its $318 million Series E, Alan reports.

Why it matters: Svante says its modular system brings together two types of emissions tech: carbon capture from heavy industry, and carbon removal from the air.

Driving the news: OGCI Climate Investments announced this morning that the Series E pushed Svante’s valuation past $1 billion.

  • The fund was among the dozen-plus investors that participated in the Series E, which closed Dec. 15.
  • Chevron led. Existing investors Temasek, Delek and Hesta participated.
  • New investors included 3M Ventures, Full Circle Capital, GE Vernova, Japan Energy Fund, Liberty Media, M&G Catalyst, Samsung Ventures, TechEnergy Ventures and United Airlines Ventures.

How it works: Svante manufactures filters and "rotary contactor machines," which capture CO2 from both industrial emissions and the air.

Context: There are just a handful of carbon capture and/or removal unicorns.

Meanwhile: It's already crunch time for scaling nascent methods of pulling CO2 from the atmosphere, our colleague Ben Geman wrote this morning in Generate.

  • A new report led by Oxford University found a yawning gap between what nations are planning and what's needed to meet Paris Agreement goals.

What's next: Svante plans to build a commercial-scale factory in Vancouver to supply filters modules for "hundreds of large-scale carbon capture and storage facilities," the company said.

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