Carbon Engineering: Direct Air Capture

Carbon Engineering has created a technology that can capture up to 1,000,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, equivalent to the emissions of about 250,000 cars.

The Problem

Traditional carbon capture works only for the smoke stacks from large power plants. The problem, then, is that traditional carbon capture fails to deal with the emissions from smaller unit polluters like cars, trucks, and planes. These smaller emitters currently make up 60% of carbon emissions today, and the proportion of emissions coming from them are only likely to increase in the future.

The Solution

Carbon Engineering offers a different form the traditional form of carbon capture. They call it direct air capture. With direct air capture, Carbon Engineering is able to remove CO2 directly from the atmosphere, regardless of the source of the emissions. Additionally, the only inputs required for Carbon Engineering's technology are water and energy (natural gas or clean energy), and the outputs of the system are pure steam. With their current prototype, Carbon Engineering can capture up to 1,000,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Stage of Development

  • Early Stage
  • Established Prototype
  • Scaling
  • Other

Organization to Receive Funds

Carbon Engineering

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