It’s full steam ahead at Carbon Engineering’s Innovation Centre in British Columbia, Canada.

The direct air capture (DAC) specialist on Wednesday (30th June) provided an update of its works, stating that the facility will be ready to start operations shortly.

Once complete, the centre will be Carbon Engineering’s permanent business and advanced development headquarters and will include a fully integrated DAC and air to fuels plant.

Commenting on the development, Steve Oldham, CEO of Carbon Engineering, said, “As we near completion of the Innovation Centre, Carbon Engineering is approaching a major milestone not only for our company and partners, but also for the future DAC technology.”

“At this world-class facility, our talented and growing team will continue to advance our climate solutions. The innovation conducted here will help us further drive down costs, grow efficiencies and roll out next generation improvements to our plants around the world.”

During the developments, consulting engineering firm BBA has been assisting Carbon Engineering with the engineering design of the centre.

Since the company’s last update, which gasworld shared back in February, the following has happened:

  • The calciner was installed, redefining the innovation centre. The calciner is where CO2-rich pellets produced in the pellet reactor are heated to 900°C to release the CO2 in pure gas form, so it can be permanently stored or reused.
  • The team has been working to commission utilities, complete piping, electrical and instrumentation installations, and test the plant’s automation systems.
  • Carbon Engineering’s engineering team underwent two weeks of intensive training/
  • The CEIC administration building has been drywalled, and the finishing is nearly complete. This 1250mbuilding will be used by Carbon Engineering’s advanced development and plant operations staff, and will include a reception, offices, meeting rooms, drop spaces, a laboratory, a first aid room, and a control room. It will also house a large shop space for plant support and maintenance activities.