The US Department of Energy (DOE) has said it will provide up to $22m for carbon capture research.

Announced earlier this week, the funding will come from the DOE’s Office of Science (SC) and the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE). SC plans to provide $12m and FE will provide $10m. 

“Accelerating success in direct air capture of carbon dioxide would strengthen America’s energy security and open new avenues for commercial applications,” said Dr Chris Fall, Director of DOE’s Office of Science.

“While we’ve seen real progress in this field, both basic and applied research are needed to develop highly effective direct air capture technologies on a large scale.”

For the SC funding, DOE National Laboratories are invited to submit proposals for breakthrough research in materials and chemical sciences.

The FE funding opportunity focuses on both the applied development of new materials and the field testing of prototypes.

“The Office of Fossil Energy is excited about leveraging our existing expertise and research and development on carbon capture, utilisation and storage and working with other DOE offices to accelerate the development of direct air capture technologies,” said Steven Winberg, Assistant for Fossil Energy.

“Our combined efforts and shared funding is a clear example of how the Department works seamlessly across offices.”