Recap: Theme of the Month - September: Direct Air Capture

This month, the Center for Carbon Removal featured the emerging field of Direct Air Capture (DAC). DAC systems work like artificial trees, using chemicals to pull large volumes of carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from ambient air, and hold significant potential to remove carbon from the atmosphere. 

Carbon Engineering's pilot DAC plant in Squamish, BC.

Carbon Engineering's pilot DAC plant in Squamish, BC.

DAC can be a complex topic, however, so we did our best to break down the many nuances of the field in our explainer on DAC, and in our fact sheet on DAC. If you're interested in more of the specifics of direct air capture, check out the Science Fridays we posted for this month: 

Climeworks's DAC system prototype

Climeworks's DAC system prototype

We also were excited to see a number of events on DAC this month, including the Arizona State University / National Grid event for Climate Week NYC 2015... as well as to share exciting news about some of the startups in the DAC field, like:

  • Carbon Engineering is hosting an open house on Oct. 9 in Squamish, BC
  • Climeworks plans to announce its largest project yet in a matter of weeks -- a 1,000 t/year DAC plant to supply CO2 for a greenhouse operation in Germany.

And that's just the beginning of our coverage of DAC. Stay tuned for more updates, and share your thoughts with us about Direct Air Capture as the field continues to grow!