Reversing Climate Change | Ending the Fossil Fuel Age | In Kenya.

The climate science is clear – we have left it too late to cut humanity’s carbon emissions. We now have to remove billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the air every year, by 2050.

Direct Air Capture leverages technology to filter CO2 directly from air, which can then be permanently stored underground or turned into climate-neutral carbon products, such as sustainable aviation fuels.

About Octavia Carbon

Octavia Carbon is Global South’s first Direct Air Capture (DAC) company.

We aim to leverage Kenya’s geothermal energy, geology, and talent to radically accelerate DAC down the cost curve.

Our aim is to make Kenya the world’s cost-effective hub to build and deploy DAC machines by 2025.

Kenya is the world’s best place for DAC


Our technology uniquely leverages Kenya’s abundant and currently excess renewable electricity and geothermal heat to power our DAC plants very cost-effectively


Kenya has a young and innovative population that experiences the ravages of climate change firsthand, and so, has a strong incentive to fix this problem.   


The Kenyan Rift is rich in basaltic rock that combines very easily with carbon dioxide. Once injected into basaltic rock, carbon dioxide is stored permanently for thousands of years, with
no adverse effects to the environment around it.


Like most African countries, Kenya is disproportionately affected climate change, despite contributing the least to it. Cost-effective DAC gives Kenyans a chance to create widespread prosperity from its natural endowments, which is also highly aligned with Kenya's development policy.


Why DACC in Kenya? 


3 reasons: Geology, Renewables & Talent. Kenya’s Rift Valley has the right geology to safely store air-captured CO2 for millennia. Most of Kenya’s power grid is 100% renewable, thanks to Kenya’s abundant geothermal and hydropower. Finally, Kenya has a young and innovative population that experiences the ravages of climate change first-hand, and so has a strong incentive to fix it.

Can DAC technology scale? 


DAC technology is still in development. The first commercial DAC plant only started operating in 2021, so this new and nascent technology has some way to go. Government policies and private sector initiatives are currently helping to catalyze amazing technological progress in this area. And while DAC technology will always be energy-intensive, geothermal areas like Kenya can use natural heat to supply>85% of the energy DAC requires.

How does this compare to other ways of CO2 removal? 


For some context, one car sized DACC machine can absorb as much CO2 from air as 10 hectares / 25 acres of forest. DACC is a highly scalable solution to removing CO2 from air and it can safely lock up CO2 for millennia, which equals how long humanity’s emissions will stay in the atmosphere. DACC is integral to achieve the world’s climate goals of limit global warming to well below 2°C, which is why the world’s leading climate scientists now include it in their modelling. This is not to say that planting trees is an inadequate way of climate conservation, but rather that it should work hand in hand with DACC amongst other efforts.

Isn’t DACC too expensive? 


DAC is indeed an expensive form of carbon removal today, costing up to $1,000 per ton of CO2 removed from the atmosphere. However, there is reliable trajectory to bring this below $100per ton of CO2 by 2030, and progressively lower beyond that. In that, DAC reflects the potential of other climate tech, such as solar PV, to become more cost-effective quickly. DAC also delivers a premium product: an exact, directly measurable amount of CO2 is removed from the air and locked up forever by turning CO2 into a rock. Many organizations see the value of this as per leading scientists’ recommendations and are very willing to pay a premium price for DAC to help push it down the cost curve.

Take charge

It takes pioneers to build a world-changing industry. Join our waiting list today to be among the first to permanently remove carbon from the air in Kenya.