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This Carbon-Capture Plant Extracts CO2 Right from the Air and Could Do the Work of 40 Million Trees

This Carbon-Capture Plant Extracts CO2 Right from the Air and Could Do the Work of 40 Million Trees

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.”



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.

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