The General Electric Company (GE) has been awarded a two-year, $2m project through the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a system for capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from the air.

The DOE’s award is for $1.5m, with a $500,000 cost share from GE and its partners.

GE Research, along with its university project partners, are pairing 3D-printed heat exchanger technology with sorbent materials to create a system that effectively extracts carbon, in the form of CO2, from the air.

David Moore, Principal Investigator and Technology Manager for Material Physics and Chemistry at GE Research, said, “We’re combining GE’s extensive knowledge in materials, thermal management and 3D printing technologies with UC Berkeley’s world-class expertise in sorbent materials development and the University of South Alabama’s and sorption modelling and testing to design a novel system for removing CO2 from the air”

“Through this project, we’re aiming to demonstrate the feasibility of a system that could become a future large-scale, economical solution for widespread decarbonisation of the energy sector.”