PICS Solid Carbon partnership

Converting carbon dioxide into permanent rock beneath the Earth’s ocean floor: a potential global-scale negative emissions technology.

Solid Carbon is an ambitious project to permanently and safely sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) as rock.  The vision is to extract CO2 directly from the air or ocean. Then, using deep ocean technology powered by ocean-based wind and solar energy, inject the CO2 into the subseafloor basalt, where it mineralizes into solid carbonate rock. 

Globally, over 90% of basalt resides in the ocean. Initially, researchers from this project will focus on ocean basalts that lie beneath the Cascadia Basin site off British Columbia's west coast.

Theme Partnership Project: Began October 1, 2019 / Project Duration: Four years.

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Research Partners


Devin Todd

Devin Todd

Researcher-in-Residence, Negative Emissions Technologies

Principal Investigators

Kate Moran

Principal Investigator, President/CEO Oceans Networks Canada, a UVic initiative

David Goldberg

Associate Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University


Laurence Coogan

Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria

Hadi Dowlatabadi

Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia

Angela Slagle

Associate Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

Evan Solomon

Associate Professor, School of Oceanography, University of Washington

Ben Tutolo

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geoscience, University of Calgary


Solution Seekers

  • Carbon 180
  • Carbon Creditors
  • Carbon Engineering
  • Climateworks
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Global Thermostat
  • K&M Technology Group
  • Naikun
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Orsted
  • Transport Canada