Ethan Novek


Ethan Novek is a chemical engineer with 32 patents. He received his first issued utility patent at the age of 16 and published his first peer-reviewed journal article in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters at the age of 17. Ethan develops novel technologies to transform underutilized or presently discarded material and energy streams into valuable chemical feedstocks or products. He has invented and is developing technologies in CO2 Capture, CO2 Conversion, Electricity Storage, Renewable Energy, Resource Recovery, and Energy Efficiency.

Ethan founded Innovator Energy to commercialize and deploy his patented CO2 capture technology, CO2 Evolution® and patented ammonia abatement cycle, RecovAm™. CO2 Evolution® is the first and only CO2 capture technology powered by power plant and industry condenser water. RecovAm™ requires 95% less energy than the best present ammonia abatement cycle technologies.

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Speaking Engagements:

  • Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering Keynote Speaker 2017
  • Princeton University Environmental Technology Startup Panelist 2016
  • GreenBiz 2016




Trump signed a landmark bill that could create the next big technologies to fight climate change
Quartz | February 9, 2018
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Ethan Novek wants to capture carbon and clean up fossil fuels
CNN | February 1, 2018
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The teenager inventor who could change the way the world fights climate change
Quartz | December 8, 2017
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Forbes honors 15 Yalies
Forbes 30 under 30

Yale Daily News | December 6, 2017
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Humanity’s fight against climate change is failing. One technology can change that.
Quartz | December 4, 2017
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Innovator energy leaves carbon xprize to focus resources on proprietary CO₂ capture technology, CO₂ EVOLUTION
October 2017
How a Teen’s Day at the Beach Turned Into a Climate Breakthrough
National Geographic | June 30, 2017
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Dividing time between high school and lab, student finds methods for carbon capture and advances in xprize
Yale Science & Engineering News | October 17, 2016
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