OCOchem established its R&D Laboratory and Scale-Up Facility in 2020 and has scaled-up its Carbon FluX Electrolyzer technology by a factor of 1500x since, achieving an industry-leading industrial-scale electrolyzer cell size of 15,000cm2 in 2023 and successfully testing it for the US Army in Q1, 2024.

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July, 2021

OCOchem received official award finalization from DOE’s Advanced Research Project Agency, to scale the Carbon Flux Electrolyzer to an industrial grade height.

February, 2020

OCOchem was selected in the first accelerator cohort class of Halliburton Labs, who will assist OCO in accelerating the commercial deployment of OCO technology.

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November, 2020

OCOchem consolidates its Research & Development work into the Applied Processing Engineering Laboratory located in the Tri-Cities Research District in Richland, Washington after its lab and offices in Blue River, Oregon were destroyed by the Holiday Farm Fire on September 7, 2020.

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August, 2020

The US Army awards OCOchem its first commercial contract to produce formate.  

July, 2020

OCOchem and its partners (the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Rice University and the University of Delaware) are awarded a 3-year grant by the DOE Bio Energy Technology Office.  OCOchem will lead scale-up commercialization efforts leveraging its leading CO2 electrolyzer scale-up expertise.

June, 2020

OCOchem enters into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to develop formate conversion pathways for derivative products with the assistance of winning a prestigious Technology Commercialization Fund grant.

November, 2018

OCOchem closes its initial seed round of investment from Bend Venture and U.S. angel investors.

September, 2018

OCO and its R&D partners (DNV, Montana State University and South Florida University) are awarded a 3year grant by the DOE Bio Energy Technology Office to scale OCOchem’s elecrolyzer and to develop the first e-formic derivative process, a bioreactor-intermediated process to synthesize monoethylene glycol.