Black & Veatch wants to capture 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the atmosphere annually with a new direct air capture (DAC) system.

The global engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company on Monday (19th July) shared its ambitions, having been awarded $2.5m from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to support the effort.

With the funding, Black & Veatch will participate in a research and development (R&D) project aimed at advancing DAC technology, which can extract CO2 directly from the atmosphere.

DOE’s support will allow Black & Veatch to develop an initial engineering design (Technology Readiness Level 6) for a large-scale DAC system to be placed in three locations: Odessa, Texas; Bucks, Alabama; and Goose Creek Illinois.

The company will serve as the prime contractor, responsible for project management and balance of plant engineering, and will leverage Global Thermostat’s DAC technology, at the sites.

On the project, Jason Rowell, Director of Global Decarbonisation Solutions with Black & Veatch, said, “This DOE-funded cost-share project will enable Black & Veatch and our partners to scale Global Thermostat’s technology and ready it for global commercial adoption for CO2 sequestration and CO2 utilisation such as producing carbon neutral synthetic e-fuels, and for carbon negative power generation applications.”

Black & Veatch recently completed a technology assessment of Global Thermostat’s modular DAC units for an unnamed client, which provided the group with deep insight into the technology’s readiness, scalability, maturity plan and path to commercialisation.

Excited to explore the project’s opportunities, Algert Prifti, CCUS Technology Manager with Black & Veatch, added, “This award is yet another steppingstone towards our intimate knowledge of the technology and its path to commercialisation, while deepening our understanding of the technical and economic aspects for deployment at scale.

“This allows us to further expand our strategy to develop DAC technology for commercial-scale operations in North America and around the world.”

DOE will award a total of $12m to fund six R&D projects aimed at improving this clean energy technology by increasing the amount of CO2 captured by DAC, decreasing the cost of materials and improving design and operational efficiency to help drive deployment.