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The CDR Funding Panorama. As Occidental buys Carbon Engineering… | by Anton Root | AlliedOffsets

Anton Root


The Carbon Engineering acquisition by Occidental is yet one more signal that the carbon dioxide removing (CDR) trade is maturing.

And whereas the trade is comparatively new, tons of of tens of millions of {dollars} have been poured into CDR corporations, suggesting extra exits are on the horizon.

As a part of our revamped CDR choices, we’ve collected knowledge on over 550 corporations around the globe that need to seize, retailer, or make the most of carbon indirectly — you possibly can take a look at the public dashboard right here.

Behind the scenes, we’ve additionally been wanting into knowledge on CDR traders. To this point, we’ve collected data on:

  • 177 traders
  • 112 funded corporations
  • 367 investments
  • $4b in funding exercise tracked

Beneath are some abstract statistics that may assist to place the Carbon Engineering acquisition in wider context.

We see bigger rounds than common in CDR. The hole widens as corporations show out their fashions and get additional into the funding rounds: that is seemingly as a result of CDR being an inherently {hardware} sector, which means economies of scale are tougher to optimize than in software program.

We’ve additionally collected knowledge on over 2,000 patents which might be held by corporations partaking in CDR. Whereas the outcomes are nonetheless preliminary (and liable to be influenced by outliers, given the comparatively small pattern dimension) we see a reasonably robust optimistic correlation of 0.57 between variety of patents held and the amount of cash raised.

This is sensible — as companies are higher in a position to display to traders their aggressive benefit, they develop into extra enticing to potential funders. Carbon Engineering, by our depend, holds 13 patents.

We’ll present extra evaluation on CDR funding within the coming weeks, keep tuned!

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