How to suck carbon dioxide from the sky for fuels and more

Maybe we can afford to suck CO2 out of the sky after all

Maybe we can afford to suck CO2 out of the sky after all

Some say carbon will have to be actively removed from the atmosphere.

"CE's vision is to reduce the effects of climate change by first cutting emissions, then by reducing atmospheric CO₂", said Steve Oldham, CEO of CE, in a statement.

A new application of old technology may be the answer.

Carbon Engineering, a Canadian company funded by Bill Gates and Canada oil sands financier Norman Murray Edwards, revealed that is has developed a new technology in order to remove CO2 from the air, reaching a new and important threshold in this field.

David Keith, a professor of physics at Harvard University and the founder of the company who led the study, said the cost is much lower than the previous estimates of about United States dollars 600 per tonne identified by the American Physical Society.

By removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turning it into fresh fuels, through a process known as direct air capture, engineers at a Canadian firm have outlined a "scalable and cost-effective" way to reduce the planet's carbon footprint without having to disrupt industries. The company claims that its scaled-up air-to-fuel system would be able to produce gasoline at about $1 per liter ($3.80 per gallon).

And an air capture plant could be built nearly anywhere.

The increase in gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide is fueling climate change and making "the planet more risky and inhospitable for future generations", the World Meteorological Organization has said. "This paper provides that transparency".

"The Carbon Capture Coalition is pleased to support the Carbon Utilization Act, introduced in the U.S. Senate today by Senator Michael Bennet and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse", said Brad Crabtree, Carbon Capture Coalition co-director and Great Plains Institute vice president for fossil energy. By using industrial scale carbon scrubbers, the researchers hopes to eventually build a new industrial empire to recycle greenhouse gases directly from the atmosphere to produce much-needed fuels.

That's in the ballpark of the figures offered by Carbon Engineering.

"Until you really can confirm the costs and performance at scale, you've always got to take those costs with a grain of salt", he says. "That's the design choice we made".

While it's probably a few more years until we start seeing this technology be used en-masse what Carbon Engineering have done is show that technically as well as theoretically, it is very much possible, and affordable. After capturing the Carbon dioxide in solution, the plant transfers it into a solid, which when heated releases it in a pure gas stream.

The pilot plant is made up of an industrial cooling tower, remodeled to pull Carbon dioxide from the air before converting it from a gas to a solid and back to a purified gas. "We can keep collecting carbon dioxide with direct air capture, keep adding hydrogen generation and fuel synthesis, and keep reducing emissions through this AIR TO FUELSTM pathway".

In addition, the technology is location-independent, which should add to its allure, said Joe Lassiter, retired Senior Fellow and Senator John Heinz Professor of Management Practice in Environmental Management at the Harvard Business School.

Keith and the Carbon Engineering team have raised about US$30 million so far, and their next step will be to raise funding for a plant that can deliver fuels to market.

The next step in the process is to have enough plants to produce the necessary barrels of carbon-free fuel, in order to drive down the costs even more.

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