The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $13.5m to three national laboratory-led research projects aimed at achieving breakthroughs in the capture of carbon dioxide directly from ambient air.

Each of the three projects focus on a different approach to carbon capture and were selected by a competitive peer review under a DOE Laboratory Announcement, sponsored by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences within DOE’s Office of Science. 

“Direct air capture holds promise as an emerging technology with the potential to improve the environment while expanding sources of energy through the conversion of carbon dioxide to fuels and other chemicals,” said Dr. Chris Fall, Director of DOE’s Office of Science.

“Making this technology truly viable will require real breakthroughs in basic science, and these efforts are an important step towards that goal.”