The National Energy Technology Laboratory will support the development of four new regional direct air capture (DAC) hubs across the US with $3.5bn from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Each of the proposed hubs will remove, sequester and/or utilise at least one million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from the atmosphere with DAC technology.
Elliot Roth, Project Manager in NETL’s CO2 Removal and Conversion Team, says the goal of the regional DAC hubs effort is to help start up a commercial DAC industry and establish the US as a leader in demonstrating the commercial viability of the technology.
DAC technologies use chemical reactions to pull CO2 directly out of the air independent of point sources. Active air contractors use fans or blowers to move the air through the adsorbing materials, while passive contractors use wind to move the air across the adsorbing material.
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