Impossible slot Mining CEO Oliver Gunasekara pulled me aside at last week’s TechCrunch Climate event with a fascinating pitch. Turns out there are a lot of valuable metals on the ocean floor — materials like nickel and cobalt, which are key to tackling the growing demand for lithium ion batteries.
The San Jose–based Y Combinator graduate believes it has developed a method to mine the depths of the ocean for polymetallic nodule rocks without harming the fragile ecosystem in the process. It’s been something of a hot
button topic in recent years — for obvious reasons — including a statement from 622 marine science and policy experts who called for a pause on the practice.The company’s chief sustainability officer Renee Grogan noted in a release late last year,