Technology

Carbon Engineering’s Direct Air Capture Technology

Direct Air Capture (DAC) is a technology that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from the air with an engineered, mechanical system. Carbon Engineering’s (CE) DAC technology works by pulling in atmospheric air, then through a series of chemical reactions, extracts the CO2 from it while returning the rest of the air to the environment. The process delivers atmospheric CO2 as a purified, compressed gas that can then be used to produce clean fuels using CE’s complementary AIR TO FUELSTM process, or stored permanently underground to create negative emissions or enable enhanced oil recovery.

Carbon Engineering’s industrially scalable DAC technology can be built to capture one million tons of CO2 per year at a single facility. At that scale, one facility is capturing a quantity of CO2 equivalent to the emissions from 250,000 cars. Creating this air treatment infrastructure, in partnership with First Nations, will help Canada lead the world in the export of sustainable fuels and permanent carbon removal.

More information on CE’s DAC technology can be found here. To learn about how DAC can be used to create permanent carbon removal through the geological storage of atmospheric CO2, visit CE’s website here.

Carbon Engineering’s AIR TO FUELS™ Solution

Our commercial-scale fuel synthesis plants will utilize Carbon Engineering’s AIR TO FUELS™ technology, which combines CE’s Direct Air Capture of carbon dioxide with hydrogen production and fuel synthesis, to produce clean fuel. The primary inputs to this process are air, water, and renewable electricity.

Carbon Engineering’s AIR TO FUELSTM process enables the production of synthetic, liquid transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel, and Jet-A. The process uses renewable electricity to generate hydrogen from water and then combines it with CO2 captured from the atmosphere to produce ultra-low carbon intensity hydrocarbon fuels. It provides a way to produce global-scale quantities of clean fuels that are drop-in compatible with today’s transportation infrastructure and engines, but add little or no fossil carbon emissions to the atmosphere. 

Learn more at Carbon Engineering