Gigacorn Investments

We are actively searching for companies that have the potential of becoming a “Gigacorn”.  These are exceptional companies that are ultimately capable of saving in excess of 1 gigatonne (1 billion tonnes) of CO2e emissions per year and are also commercially viable with scalable business models.

We assess Gigacorn potential by measuring and forecasting CO2e savings over time, and we place the evaluation of this at the core of our investment decisions. This means we only back companies that are capable of reducing at least 100 million tonnes of CO2e a year, either through direct technology impact or indirectly as a significant digital enabling force across sectors.

GA DRILLING

GA Drilling enables geothermal energy production, the missing element in our renewable energy mix, anywhere. Currently, ultra-deep geothermal drilling is cost prohibitive at greater depths. GAD has developed the first drilling equipment specifically designed to meet the challenge of unlocking thousands of gigawatts of energy at costs below any other baseload source.

Here is why hot rock energy is so important:

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Energy generation and usage is by far the biggest contributor to global CO2e emissions, amounting to 73,2% in total.

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less space is needed for geothermal plants to produce the same energy as solar.
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Is the depth needed for super hot rock energy, which GAD’s plasma drill can reach.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals*:

BLOOM

Bloom is the first company to valorize lignin at commercial cost. By extracting lignin, cellulose, hemicellulose straight from biomass, they will help to transform entire value chains in the aviation, shipping, fragrance, aromatics and plastics industries which currently rely heavily on petrol-based chemicals.

Here is why we need substitutes for petrol-based chemicals:

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of global oil demand is because of fossil fuel-based chemicals, making them a major driver for the fossil fuel industry.

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of marine fuel is petrol-based aromatics. Those aromatics can be replaced by Bloom’s plant-based alternatives.
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of all plastics today are made from fossil fuel-based chemicals.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals*:

BETTERIES

Electric vehicles are on the rise and so is the potential pile of hard to recycle lithium-ion batteries. By a process of dismantling and reassembling, betteries has found a way to give those batteries a much deserved second life and hence make e-mobility significantly more sustainable. The upcycled battery packs provide power in frontier markets and are an affordable alternative to fossil fuels.

This is why we need to start reusing car batteries:

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electric vehicles are predicted to be on roads by 2030. All these car batteries will then need to be recycled or reused.

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capacity is when car batteries are being taken out of electric vehicles because they don’t reach their promised range anymore.
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life uses for electric car batteries increase their lifespan and reduce their footprint.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals*:

INERATEC

INERATEC is a 2016 spin-off from KIT university that builds and sells modular chemical plants for the production of sustainable fuels such as e-kerosene, CO2-neutral gasoline, and clean diesel. These are extremely important for hard-to-decarbonize planes and ships. 

Here is why e-fuels are so crucial:

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of global energy-related CO2 emissions are from the marine and aviation industry.

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more space is needed to store hydrogen vs. kerosene so hydrogen planes need to be designed from scratch and won’t be market-ready earlier than 2050. Low emission e-kerosene can bridge that gap.
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of supplied aviation fuels by 2050 must be e-kerosene according to the European Commission.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals*:

* We have no affiliation with the United Nations. The UNSDG-symbols are no indication for any endorsement or approval of our companies and their products by the UN. The symbols serve informational purposes only.