Paebbl takes first 100-fold scale-up step to produce carbon-storing materials

In a significant milestone, Paebbl has rapidly scaled up its carbon-storing technology from bench to pilot scale production. The transition from lab-scale experimentation to a fully operational batch production unit marks a 100-fold increase in Paebbl’s CO₂-processing capacity.

Carbon storage process

Paebbl permanently turns captured carbon dioxide (CO₂) into a solid-state carbonate-based composite (CO3), which can be used in a wide range of industrial applications. For every tonne of CO₂ Paebbl stores through their proprietary process, it generates up to 2.5 tonnes of silica-enriched magnesium-carbonate, which in turn, can be used to substitute today’s heavily emitting alternatives. This gives the company’s process a “carbon leverage effect”; each tonne of stored CO₂ helps further avoid emissions in the built environment. The first application of Paebbl’s silica-enriched mineral filler is in concrete, where the product can already today substitute a meaningful share of conventional cement.

Paebbl’s technology is poised to bring environmentally beneficial solutions to the market at an accelerated pace. With this newly developed capacity, Paebbl is now prepared to swiftly deliver its innovative products to early adopter customers in the Benelux and Nordic regions.

The success of this early scaling-up effort can be attributed to the exceptional talent that Paebbl has welcomed on board over the past year, hailing from the oil & gas, mining, and chemicals industries. These seasoned professionals have brought their invaluable knowledge and skills to Paebbl, enabling the company to achieve what many deemed unattainable.

Rotterdam – a deliberate choice

One of Paebbl’s strategies to rapid growth is to build teams where the best talent is. That is why the company chose Rotterdam for its R&D center. The city is known for its world-class process engineering talent base. As the world transitions toward a low-carbon economy, talent from industries like the petrochemical industry will be increasingly  essential to the rapid deployment of novel industrial processes. The company’s engineers and operators come from companies such as ExxonMobil, LyondellBasell, TotalEnergies, Shin-Etsu and Union Platinum.

The Paebbl team in Rotterdam

Statement: Arnold Choi

Arnold Choi, VP of Engineering at Paebbl, says, “More and more talent from traditional industry is making the move into sustainability-oriented sectors. The expertise that comes from these large-scale, capital-intensive, heavy industries can help small, innovative start-ups like Paebbl solve many practical problems where expertise is often lacking. At Paebbl, we share a common mission and are driven to accelerate innovation and make a positive impact on the world. And we are growing fast! By the end of next year, we expect to double the number of employees, which will naturally lead to even more positive momentum and results. By the fourth quarter of 2024, we aim to scale up our production by another 10x by launching our first continuous manufacturing unit. Thereafter, we will continue our growth; in 2028, we plan to launch our first commercial-scale demonstration plant, bringing another significant capacity increase. We are already in discussions with investors and potential off-takers about this.

 

Statement: Pol Knops

Dutch scientist Pol Knops, one of the founders of Paebbl, on the lightning-fast scale-up: “By investing in experienced and skilled engineers, project managers and operators with an exceptionally strong track record from traditional industry, we are able to marry industry experience with a startup mindset, and thereby successfully expedite our scale-up in record time. The plan is to develop our technology fast enough to meet the needs of the market and the planet; there is a dire need for alternatives to the heavy emitting commodity materials of today”.

 

Onward plans

In light of this accomplishment, Paebbl’s founders express their commitment to further expanding the team in 2024, with individuals who are passionate about leveraging their expertise for a sustainable future. Marta Sjögren, Co-CEO of Paebbl notes: “We are immensely proud of what our team has achieved in such a short time. Their experience from highly competitive industries has been instrumental in our acceleration. We are actively looking to welcome more talent, especially from the oil & gas, mining, and chemicals sectors, who are eager to apply their skills in driving the green transition. Together, we aim to revolutionize the way we permanently store carbon dioxide for the betterment of our planet.”

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