About Skytree ®
Our mission is to establish atmospheric CO2 use in everyday life. We hope to initiate a positive shift in people’s perception: from CO2 as a potential problem to CO2 as an essential and incredibly versatile resource.
ESA Spinout Technology
Skytree is a spinout of the European Space Agency (ESA). Our CO2 re-capture process was originally developed to make longer space missions possible by extracting the CO2 exhaled by astronauts on board of spacecraft.
Our technology was developed as part of a long-term project launched in 1996, and with a total budget of € 70 million. It will be implemented at the International Space Station in 2017.
Direct Air Capture
Skytree is part of the Direct Air Capture (DAC) industry, which represents a technological solution when it comes to climate change because it can directly remove CO2 from the Earth’s atmosphere.
Skytree ® patents
Currently Skytree owns two process patents that were granted in the period 2013-2015 and are based on in-house testing. The European Patent Office approached Skytree to make this video about the process of filing these patents as part of their effort to promote space-technology spin outs.
As of 2016 Skytree has two additional patents pending.
Skytree was originally founded in 2010 under the name Giaura. The founders met at the European Space Agency where they were working as system engineers on the Advanced Closed Loop System life-support project, studying what would ultimately become Skytree’s sorbent.
They felt that this technology was too valuable to be used as a space application alone, and decided to apply for the ESA Business Incubator (ESA-BIC), an organization supporting space spin-outs. Their initial goal was to use the grant money to find out whether the technology would work in the Earth’s atmosphere, and how this could be done in a cost-effective way. They achieved this goal in 2012.
Today Skytree is self-sustainable and generates revenue through co-development projects on useful & scalable products. We are also supported by investment fund InvestInFuture.