Irish oil executive raises £1m for ‘mechanical trees’

Carbon capture firm claims its technology is ‘a thousand times’ more effective than real trees at drawing C02 from atmosphere

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
17th January, 2021
Irish oil executive raises £1m for ‘mechanical trees’
John McKeon, who is chairman of the company, is a serial entrepreneur who has invested in a variety of energy and natural resources

A carbon-capture company co-founded by John McKeon, an Irish oil industry executive, has raised more than £1 million from a number of investors.

Silicon Kingdom plans to build a forest of “mechanical trees” – large fans designed to suck the carbon dioxide from the air and store them in discs soaked with chemicals.

The technology was invented by Dr Klaus Lackner at the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions at Arizona State University, which...

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