CALGARY, Alberta – Canada has been feeling the brunt of climate impacts, with deadly heat waves, devastating forest fires, and catastrophic floods. Some people believe this is caused by carbon dioxide emissions, primarily from the oil and gas industry, and believe that Canada’s climate goal targets will not be reached without drastic action, taken today.
To this end, a Calgary-based engineer is taking matters into his own hands, and believes his invention will make a significant dent into the issue of CO2 emissions on a local level. Yuri Nator, an unemployed reservoir engineer living in the Royal Oak area of NW Calgary, has created what he calls local CO2 capture and reutilization (LCCR). Mr. Nator spoke to 2P News this morning about his idea.
“Since I lost my job back in July, 2016, I kinda got myself into a slump where I spend most of my time in my mom’s basement watching Math with Marty reruns and drinking home made soda. One evening, after getting higher than bird balls on some 250mg edibles, i had an epiphany! why I am spending money on co2 cartridges to make my soda when my home emits co2? i’ve just gotta capture that co2 and put it in my soda!” – Yuri Nator, P.Eng., inventor
Mr. Nator created a system that connects the output of his furnace to a proprietary device that flashes off the oxygen and other waste gases that results in a stream of pure CO2. The CO2 is then piped into a machine he calls the Compressomatic 2000 (which, as it turns out, is just a spare bedroom containing a $75 Motomaster reciprocating screw compressor), which takes the CO2 in the room and compresses it to 250 psi. From there, he uses a modified bicycle tire presta valve adaptor fitted to his soda stream cartridge to fill it up. “You know, the first sodas I made with the recycled CO2 tasted a little chemically, but after making some adjustments to the Compressomatic the taste got quite a bit better, although not perfect. As for the dizziness I feel after consuming the soda, well, that’s just a trade-off I’m willing to accept to save the planet,” continued Mr. Nator.
Although the system has not been formally tested by the Canadian Standards Association, Mr. Nator figures he’s reduced his carbon footprint by at least 70%, which proponents think is remarkable. “Hey, I’m saving the planet, I’m saving money, isn’t that what engineering is all about?”
Mr. Nator believes he’ll be ready to start shipping and installing units by 2022 Q2, once the device is approved by regulatory bodies. In the meantime, he is already starting to work on a second generation Compressomatic 2000 system that will eliminate the need for any manual handling of the CO2.