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News Article | September 22, 2017

CarbonX will engage millions of people in the fight against climate change by materially rewarding individuals for responsible carbon consumption.  The company plans to purchase carbon credits, or invest in reduction projects, and re-cast the offsets as ERC20 tokens on an Ethereum-based blockchain, then distribute them through an open-loop style loyalty rewards program. Retailers, brands, and enterprises will offer CarbonX Tokens (CxTs) as incentives for individuals to make carbon-friendly decisions such as joining a rideshare instead of driving their own cars to work, purchasing an electric lawnmower instead of a gas one, or favoring locally made food products. The CxTs will then be tradeable on the CarbonX platform and be able to be exchanged for carbon-friendly goods and services, other reward program points, or other digital currencies. CarbonX is designed to enlist and empower people everywhere to contribute to carbon reduction. Joseph Lubin, Co-Founder of Ethereum and Founder of ConsenSys, says, "As one of the fastest growing companies working on Ethereum, a platform that is poised to reformat how the world organizes itself, ConsenSys is committed to enabling technologies to be built that will facilitate attention to externalities like pollution and critical new foundations like sustainability. CarbonX has the potential to incentivize behavior that contributes to environmental sustainability, and is an excellent example of Ethereum-based technologies poised to make positive change." "We believe blockchain enables CarbonX to open up a billion-dollar marketplace for personal carbon trading," says Don Tapscott, world-renowned author, blockchain expert and Chairman of CarbonX.  "Climate change is the critical issue of our time and CarbonX can unlock the power of the people to bring about change." CarbonX advisor Dr. Richard Sandor, Time Magazine's "Father of Carbon Trading," adds: "Blockchain technology has the potential to further expand the applications of market-based mechanisms to help solve environmental concerns. I am pleased to support CarbonX as another positive step towards transparency, accountability and lower transaction costs." About CarbonX CarbonX's Ethereum-enabled platform will mobilize millions of people to take action against climate change. CarbonX invests in carbon credits and reduction projects and re-casts the offsets as ERC20 tokens, which are distributed through an open-loop loyalty rewards program that incentivizes carbon-friendly behaviors. A ConsenSys Spoke, CarbonX was co-founded with Don, Bill and Alex Tapscott, recognized blockchain industry leaders. For more information, please go to: CarbonX has engaged Block Partners ULC as strategic advisors. For more information, visit ConsenSys is a venture production studio and custom software development consultancy building decentralized applications (DApps), enterprise solutions and developer tools for blockchain ecosystems, focused primarily on Ethereum. Powered by smart contracts and secured through encryption, our applications provide the benefits of transparency, auditability, and immutability that are unique to blockchain-based solutions. For more information please go to

Negro E.,Technical University of Delft | Latsuzbaia R.,Technical University of Delft | Dieci M.,CarbonX | Boshuizen I.,Technical University of Delft | Koper G.J.M.,Technical University of Delft
Applied Catalysis B: Environmental | Year: 2015

We propose an innovative 3-step manufacturing technique for the synthesis of the catalyst layer of proton exchange membrane electrodes directly over a gas diffusion layer consisting of carbon paper (CP). In the first step, a carbon synthesis catalyst was formed in a bicontinuous microemulsion. In the second step, carbon nano-networks (CNNs) were directly grown over CP by thermal chemical vapor deposition of ethene over the metal catalyst embedded in the simultaneously carbonized microemulsion matrix. In the third step, the electrocatalyst, here Pt, was deposited on the CNNs. The influence of surfactant type, Na-AOT or Triton X-100, carbon synthesis catalyst type, Fe, Co or Pt, and loading on the electrolyte accessible surface area (ESA) and carbon corrosion resistance was evaluated in a three-electrode half-cell. CNNs grown from Fe and synthetized in Na-AOT microemulsions resulted as the best combination in terms of ESA and carbon corrosion resistance and were used for subsequent investigations. The CNNs grown on CP (CNNs/CP) were electrochemically oxidized prior to Pt electro-deposition by means of potential cycling. The effect of oxidation of the CNNs on the size and spatial distribution of the electrodeposited Pt catalyst was evaluated. Increasing the number of functionalizing oxidation cycles from 0 to 100 decreased the average catalyst crystallite size from 19 to 9. nm. The CNNs/CP samples showing the highest electrochemically active surface area (ECSA) were compared to a commercial catalyst with respect to ECSA, catalyst utilization, and durability to potential cycling. The ECSA for the CNNs/CP samples turned out to be lower than that of the commercial catalyst due to the larger catalyst size. On the other hand, the CNN/CP samples proved to be more durable and higher Pt utilization was achieved. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

Negro E.,Technical University of Delft | Dieci M.,CarbonX | Sordi D.,CarbonX | Kowlgi K.,CarbonX | And 2 more authors.
Chemical Communications | Year: 2014

We report on the production of Carbon Nano Networks (CNNs) from dense microemulsions in which catalyst nanoparticles have been synthesized. CNNs are 3D carbon networks, consisting of branches and junctions, and are mesoporous, graphitic, and conductive being suitable as electrode materials. © 2014 the Partner Organisations.

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