Cormetech has said it will increase the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) captured through its direct air capture (DAC) operations by upgrading its DAC contactor, the engine of its DAC system.

The US-based company on Thursday (16th July) said it had been selected for an award from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to support the move.

If successful, the improved contactor will maximise the amount of CO2 captured from the atmosphere, while reducing the amount of energy needed to operate.

Welcoming the support from DOE, Mike Mattes, Cormetech’s CEO, said, “Cormetech is very excited about this award, which will allow us to continue developing CO2 Capture technology with amine-based adsorbers DAC systems.”

“With Cormetech’s long history of technology leadership in emission controls, we have demonstrated the technical feasibility of capturing CO2 directly from the air with our adsorbers, and this award will allow us to accelerate the development and improve the CO2 capture rates.”

Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, added, “Across the US, in states like Arizona and North Carolina, brilliant innovators are developing DAC technologies that can extract CO2 straight out of the air.”

“These DOE investments, and the ones we will make with President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, are crucial to advancing technology that will help us avoid the worst effects of climate change and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.’”