Carbon Engineering, a Canadian-based clean energy company, has developed Direct Air Capture technology. It uses carbon-capture plants to remove carbon dioxide (CO2)- the primary greenhouse gas responsible for climate change, directly out of the air. Unlike industrial flue stacks, after capturing CO2 from the atmosphere, it delivers it as a purified, compressed gas, but using only air, water, and energy as inputs.
This process is what plants and trees do on a daily basis as they photosynthesize, however, Direct Air Capture technology does this “much faster, with a smaller land footprint, and delivers the carbon dioxide in a pure, compressed form that can then be stored underground or reused.”
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The company’s pilot facility in Squamish, Canada has succeeded in Direct Air Capture technology and is now branching out in the hopes of building industrial-scale Direct Air Capture facilities. Each one would capture one million tons of CO2 per year, which is equivalent to the work of 40 million trees.