US DOE supports six direct air capture projects with $12m


As the number of carbon capture projects continues to grow in the US, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $12m in federal funding to boost a further six projects that are currently advancing direct air capture (DAC) technology.

A carbon dioxide (CO2) removal approach that extracts CO2 emissions from the atmosphere, DAC technology is already being pioneered by the likes of Canada-based Carbon Engineering and Switzerland-based Climeworks.

Sharing news of the funding on Tuesday (15th June) DOE said the chosen projects are currently being housed at universities and labs in Arizona, North Carolina, Illinois and Kansas, with each project creating tools to increase the amount of CO2 captured via DAC.

Commenting on the dedicated capital and projects, Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, said, “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.”

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