Capitalism Vs. Climate Change: Moleaer’s Innovative Nanobubbles

A start-up is using emerging research into microscopic oxygen bubble-infused water to help crops improve resistance to climate change.

Moleaer is working with NASA to test nanobubble irrigation in microgravity environments. Source: NASA
  • Post-Carbon Industry
  • Grid Evolution and Efficiency
  • Agricultural Technology (AgTech)

Executive Summary

  • As frequent recurring outbreaks of foodborne illness caused by E. coli and other pathogens show, our food system is under increasing stress as we attempt to feed our expanding population using concentrated factory farming techniques. Foodborne pathogens and ecosystem destruction from synthetic fertilizer use are both agricultural problems that stand to worsen as average atmospheric temperatures rise.
  • A California-based start-up named Moleaer is successfully commercializing scientific insights from the emerging field of nanobubbles — microscopic oxygen bubbles that, when injected into a watering system, fundamentally improves the quality of that water, boosts plant growth and health, prevents the growth of common water-borne pathogens, and can replace harmful chemicals used to remove food-borne pathogens.
  • Moleaer’s business has grown rapidly on the basis of the effectiveness of its nanobubble technology in various fields, and the company presently operates on three continents. It has been showered with accolades and has raised roughly $11 million of early-stage investment money from some very smart investors. The company is currently raising another round of capital to fund its growth trajectory.

Moleaer’s Solution to a Growing Problem

Salad-lovers and carnivores alike know too well about the frequent outbreaks of poisoning from , , and other nasties that occur every few weeks and which can affect millions of consumers.

Satellite view of a severe algal bloom in Lake Erie in 2011. Algal blooms are caused by synthetic fertilizer runoff into the water table.

The Wonder of Nanobubbles

Be honest. The image in your mind when you read the word “nanobubble” is similar to mine before I spoke with Nick Dyner, Moleaer’s CEO.

Moleaer’s oxygenation systems in use at an open-water aquaculture installation. Moleaer’s systems improve the health and sanitary conditions for fish farms. Source:
  • Increase crop yields in greenhouses, vertical, and conventional farms.
  • Increase fruit and vegetable health and size and protect against heat stress and leaf root infections caused by Pythium and other water pathogens.
  • Disrupt the growth of biofilms that give rise to food-borne diseases in seafood, meat, and vegetables.
  • Irrigate plants in microgravity (astronauts love kale too).
  • Clean plastic and metal surfaces used to prepare food more effectively than common chemicals.
  • Clear freshwater reservoirs of algal blooms.
  • Increase the health of fish in aquacultural installations, reduce harvesting time of farmed salmon, significantly improve oxygen utilization, and remediate sea floor damage.
  • Cut bad odors in water and wastewater treatment facilities.

Moleaer the Company

Moleaer started down the path of commercializing its technology in 2017 — about the time that academics were starting to publish surprising discoveries about the scientific properties of nanobubbles.

Plants in this greenhouse in the Netherlands produced significantly higher yields, and larger and better quality produce thanks to Moleaer’s system. Source:



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Passionate about harnessing the power of the free market to solve humanity’s biggest adaptation challenge.