Dimensional Energy was formed in 2016 during the third cohort of the Clean Tech Accelerator NEXUS-NY. The team is comprised of Professors David Erickson and Tobias Hanath, PhD candidates, Jessica Akemi Cimada da Silva, and entrepreneurs Clayton Poppe and Jason Salfi.
At the highest level, we are creating scalable methodologies to store more energy from the sun. We aim to do this by converting waste carbon dioxide into usable solar fuels and building blocks for everyday products.
At Dimensional Energy, we are working to develop solar-thermocatalytic “reverse combustion” technology that enables the conversion of CO2 and water into high value hydrocarbons. Our team brings together two technologies that were developed at Cornell University: advanced nano-engineered catalyst materials functionalized with ligands to enhance CO2 capture and conversion, and advanced photoreactors improving light and fluid delivery. Our reactor uses waveguides to distribute light within the reactor interior ensuring that all catalyst material has enough light to activate the reaction. We also use parts of the solar spectrum that are not useful for photocatalysis to provide heat, enhancing the reaction efficiency by working at elevated temperatures. By combining these advantages with novel nanostructured and functionalized inorganic photocatalysts, our goal through the XPRIZE competition is to prove the transformative nature of our integrated technologies by demonstrating an order of magnitude improvement over the current state of the art.
About Team Leader
Jason Salfi is an entrepreneur, executive, advisor, and educator focused on mainstreaming profitable and regenerative business models. In his first business, Comet Skateboards, a founding B Corporation, he pioneered several strategies for sustainability through upcycling waste, manufacturing with non-toxic materials, crowd sourcing product designs, and integrated marketing.Salfi currently serves as a NYSERDA EIR, executive advisor to a fortune 500 company, and CEO of solar fuel company Dimensional Energy (NEXUS Cohort 3). Driving all of his work is the thesis: Through technology, branding, product design, logistics, and supply chain development, companies can create market competitive solutions to the worlds’ most pressing problems.