About Gaia Engineering
Gaia was the primal Greek goddess personifying the Earth, the Greek version of "Mother Nature" (from Ge = Earth, and Aia = PIE grandmother), or the Earth Mother.  The name was used by James Lovelock who wrote extensively about planetry systems, fossil fuels, nuclear power, climate engineering and more. Also relevant to the concept was Buckminster Fuller's book, an Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth published in 1069 which is a brilliant synthesis of his investigations of the great challenges facing humanity, the principles for avoiding extinction and “exercising our option to make it."
Gaia Engineering is not a simple process or paradigm, it is the name we use to describe the development of processes that substantially rectify problems on the planet. It embraces a number of new technical paradigms and processes designed to when combined solve global warming and waste problems by converting wastes to resources resulting in a substantial reversal of moleconomic flows. The Gaia Engineering tececologies will work because combined correctly these new technologies and processes will make money. On a large scale Gaia Engineering projects will sequester significant amounts of atmospheric CO2 and convert a substantial amount of waste into resources incluidng building materials. Significantly there are no legacies for future generations. About Gaia Enginnering
is an agglomeration of new technologies including ones developed by John Harrison such as TecEco cements, a Tec-Kiln
as well as Syncarb and Synrock technologies designed with the objective of maintaining earth life support systems.
Graphic Illustration of the Gaia Engineering Process for Seawater
As there is 1.29 grams of magnesium in every litre of seawater and brines generally contain even more there is enough magnesiaum to last over a billion years at current needs for sequestration. With natural replenishment the resource will last indefinitely.
The inital process for carbon capture in Gaia Engineering will probably be chosen from one of the following technologies
Gaia Engineering Front End Processes
|Low voltage from solar panels||
Using low voltages to make carbonate rock in brines containing calcium and magnesium
|Synrock||Making rock from flyash the easy way||To be disclosed by John Harrison when he is ready|
|Making aggregate from iron slag and sodium carbonate.||
Making sodium carbonate as part of syncarb and using it to make more rock.
|Carbonic anhydrase, saltwater or brines and CO2||
Using carbonic anhydrase and other enzymes to mimic carbonate formation in nature. Catalysts like carbonic anhydrase could also feasibly be used with our cements to speed up the carbonation process.
Most of the carbonate produced is will be cut into blocks or crushed to make aggregates Some will be used in an evolving number of sub-processes including:
- TecEco’s Tec-Kiln, for low-temperature, non fossil fuel calcination of magnesium carbonate without releases - converting it to magnesium oxide for use in TecEco Tec, Eco and Enviro-Cements
- A Hydroxide Carbon Capture Cycle for additional CO2 capture
The TecEco Tec-Kiln will calcine magnesium carbonate without releaseas, capturing the gas for incorporation into cellulose, fuel or other useful compounds including the main component of TecEco Tec, Eco and Enviro-Cements and input for the Tec-Reactor hydroxide/carbonate carbon capture cycle. Eco-Cement concretes absorb more atmospheric CO2 as they harden and will be used to bind together aggregates and other building components produced by the front end processes. All TecEco cements can utilise waste.
The carbonates produced by the Tec-Reactor hydroxide/carbonate Carbon Capture cycle are also recycled around it with some bleed off into the MgCO2 cycle shown by the green arrow in the above diagram and in black arrows below.