Sucking up CO2

Founded: 2009

HQ: Squamish, BC, Canada

Capturing CO2 out of thin air with aqueous sorbents.

Big Picture

It’s too late to limit global warming simply by reducing emissions. Preventing runaway temperature rise will require removing carbon from the air. One way to do this is through direct air capture, which involves sucking up ambient CO2 from the atmosphere. This carbon in turn can be buried underground, used for industrial processes, or become a feedstock for synthetic fuels and other chemicals.  

How it Works

Carbon Engineering’s direct air capture technology uses large turbines to pull in air and extract CO2 through a series of chemical reactions, compressing a geological process from millions of years to just a few hours. They are currently building a facility capable of removing upward of one million tons of CO2 per year. They will put that CO2 to work for geologic storage and enhanced oil recovery. 

Unfair Advantage

What sets them apart from other DAC efforts is that their technology was developed to be highly scalable and affordable. Their plant is built using modular components and processes from other industries combined with their proprietary IP. Their tech provides a variety of solutions for multiple markets, including ultra-low-carbon fuels, enhanced oil recovery, and carbon removal.

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Gigatons of CO2

potentially removed by 2050

STEVE OLDHAM CEO

Steve has more than 20 years of executive experience in technology, robotics, and aerospace sectors.

KERRI L. FOX CFO

Kerri has more than 20 years of finance and corporate growth experience as a project finance banker, financial advisor, board member and lawyer.

SUSAN KOCH COO

Susan is a finance veteran in pre-commercial alternate energy/clean technology companies, with over 30 years’ experience as a CPA and CFO.


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