We are creating a machine to mine carbon from the air
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patron

$93
per month
We are a team of four independent scientists, with Dr. Mark Minie as the Principle Investigator/Team Leader, Scott Mason as Chief Scientist/Designer and Paul Schnackenberg as Lab Manager, and Adi Oltean as Chief Engineer who along with an entrepreneur/advisor, Mike Robinson, have developed a simple and inexpensive machine, the Electric Leaf, that removes carbon dioxide from the air and re-purposes it by making food or chemicals thus drawing down the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and taking it out of the carbon loop.

Our working Electric Leaf prototype is ~10X more efficient than natural photosynthesis, requires no fresh water, fertilizer or arable land and is an example of the so-called “negative emissions” technology that climate scientists now see as necessary along with emissions controls to save us from the most extreme effects of climate change.

This prototype Electric Leaf was developed with funding from a one-time Amazon Catalyst Grant of $100K awarded to Dr. Minie in 2017 and is now patent pending. We are at the point now where we need funds for an additional year of work to develop a commercial version of our machine and conventional funding is not a likely avenue. So, we decided to opt for the time-honored tradition of direct patronage that was responsible for the science behind electronics, refrigeration, aircraft and rockets and therefore setup this Patreon site.

Help us develop a gadget that could play a role in saving the Earth’s human habitable biosphere by drawing down dangerously high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and provide you, our patrons, with recognition, various goodies, hands-on workshops, monthly live online video-conferences about our progress, and an early shot as an investor when the time comes to commercialize and take our project to the next level with the formation of The Electric Leaf Company.
Tiers
Basic Patron
$25 or more per month
All patrons subscribing for $25/month or above will receive Electric Leaf Project coffee mug and will be acknowledged by name in publications as patrons (can opt out of the list if desired).
Virtual Monthly Meeting Patrons
$100 or more per month
  

Patrons subscribing for $100/month can participate in monthly live video conferences updating our progress and have access to recordings of those virtual meetings. 


They will also receive an Electric Leaf Project coffee mug and will be acknowledged by name in publications as patrons (can opt out of the list if desired) ... 

Bioelectric Leaf Workshop Patrons
$500 or more per month only 20 left
Patrons subscribing for $500/month will be able to participate in live two month long workshops using the Electric Leaf configured to produce nutritious fish food by processing the harvested carbon dioxide in a microbe powered bioreactor module (the "Bioelectric Leaf") and using the resulting fish food to sustain a true closed loop aquaponics system. In such an aquaponics system fish process this food into nutrients that grow plants, producing “negative carbon” lettuce and tomatoes and “negative carbon” cat grass for feline pets. 


This option is only available to those either located in Seattle or able to travel there.

They will also receive an Electric Leaf Project coffee mug, will be acknowledged by name in publications as patrons (can opt out of the list if desired) and be allowed to participate in monthly live video conferences updating our progress and have access to recordings of those virtual meetings. 

Chemoelectric Leaf R&D Patrons
$1,000 or more per month
Patrons subscribing for $1000/month or more will support the development of a “Chemoelectric Leaf” powered by cold electric plasma and catalysts to produce methane from the carbon dioxide sequestered by the optimized Electric Leaf. The methane so produced can then be used as a clean burning fuel or processed by microbes into plastics, drugs and nutrient dense foods. We believe that such a Chemoelectric Leaf could be commercialized and might lead to the formation of The Electric Leaf Company.

They will also receive an Electric Leaf Project coffee mug, will be acknowledged by name in publications as patrons (can opt out of the list if desired), be allowed to participate in monthly live video conferences updating our progress on Electric Leaf optimization and have access to recordings of those virtual meetings and participate in the Bioelectric Leaf workshops. 
Goals
$93 of $42,000 per month
Achieving this goal will allow us to continue work on optimizing The Electric Leaf and fully compensate the scientists and engineers working on the project for their time as well purchase supplies, equipment and lab space. It will also allow us to provide coffee mugs, do monthly video conferences, hands on workshops with the Bioelectric Leaf, and to complete the R&D work on the Chemoelectric Leaf which could led to the commercialization of our technology and the potential formation of the Electric Leaf Company.
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We are a team of four independent scientists, with Dr. Mark Minie as the Principle Investigator/Team Leader, Scott Mason as Chief Scientist/Designer and Paul Schnackenberg as Lab Manager, and Adi Oltean as Chief Engineer who along with an entrepreneur/advisor, Mike Robinson, have developed a simple and inexpensive machine, the Electric Leaf, that removes carbon dioxide from the air and re-purposes it by making food or chemicals thus drawing down the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and taking it out of the carbon loop.

Our working Electric Leaf prototype is ~10X more efficient than natural photosynthesis, requires no fresh water, fertilizer or arable land and is an example of the so-called “negative emissions” technology that climate scientists now see as necessary along with emissions controls to save us from the most extreme effects of climate change.

This prototype Electric Leaf was developed with funding from a one-time Amazon Catalyst Grant of $100K awarded to Dr. Minie in 2017 and is now patent pending. We are at the point now where we need funds for an additional year of work to develop a commercial version of our machine and conventional funding is not a likely avenue. So, we decided to opt for the time-honored tradition of direct patronage that was responsible for the science behind electronics, refrigeration, aircraft and rockets and therefore setup this Patreon site.

Help us develop a gadget that could play a role in saving the Earth’s human habitable biosphere by drawing down dangerously high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and provide you, our patrons, with recognition, various goodies, hands-on workshops, monthly live online video-conferences about our progress, and an early shot as an investor when the time comes to commercialize and take our project to the next level with the formation of The Electric Leaf Company.

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Tiers
Basic Patron
$25 or more per month
All patrons subscribing for $25/month or above will receive Electric Leaf Project coffee mug and will be acknowledged by name in publications as patrons (can opt out of the list if desired).
Virtual Monthly Meeting Patrons
$100 or more per month
  

Patrons subscribing for $100/month can participate in monthly live video conferences updating our progress and have access to recordings of those virtual meetings. 


They will also receive an Electric Leaf Project coffee mug and will be acknowledged by name in publications as patrons (can opt out of the list if desired) ... 

Bioelectric Leaf Workshop Patrons
$500 or more per month only 20 left
Patrons subscribing for $500/month will be able to participate in live two month long workshops using the Electric Leaf configured to produce nutritious fish food by processing the harvested carbon dioxide in a microbe powered bioreactor module (the "Bioelectric Leaf") and using the resulting fish food to sustain a true closed loop aquaponics system. In such an aquaponics system fish process this food into nutrients that grow plants, producing “negative carbon” lettuce and tomatoes and “negative carbon” cat grass for feline pets. 


This option is only available to those either located in Seattle or able to travel there.

They will also receive an Electric Leaf Project coffee mug, will be acknowledged by name in publications as patrons (can opt out of the list if desired) and be allowed to participate in monthly live video conferences updating our progress and have access to recordings of those virtual meetings. 

Chemoelectric Leaf R&D Patrons
$1,000 or more per month
Patrons subscribing for $1000/month or more will support the development of a “Chemoelectric Leaf” powered by cold electric plasma and catalysts to produce methane from the carbon dioxide sequestered by the optimized Electric Leaf. The methane so produced can then be used as a clean burning fuel or processed by microbes into plastics, drugs and nutrient dense foods. We believe that such a Chemoelectric Leaf could be commercialized and might lead to the formation of The Electric Leaf Company.

They will also receive an Electric Leaf Project coffee mug, will be acknowledged by name in publications as patrons (can opt out of the list if desired), be allowed to participate in monthly live video conferences updating our progress on Electric Leaf optimization and have access to recordings of those virtual meetings and participate in the Bioelectric Leaf workshops.