In the US, the Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $13.5 million in funding for research and development of carbon capture technologies.
The research projects will be led by three national laboratories to achieve breakthroughs in the effort to capture carbon dioxide directly from ambient air.
The DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and its team will investigate electrochemical approaches.
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The Argonne National Laboratory and partners will focus on photochemical methods.
The Lawrence Livermore Laboratory will attempt to understand the degradation processes that limit current methods using forms of chemical absorption.
The $13.5 million in funding for the three projects will be awarded over the next three years with $4.5 million set for disbursement this year.
Projects were selected by competitive peer review under a DOE Laboratory Announcement, sponsored by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences within DOE’s Office of Science.
Dr. Chris Fall, director of DOE’s Office of Science, said: “Direct Air Capture holds promise as an emerging technology with the potential to improve the environment while expanding sources of energy through the conversion of carbon dioxide to fuels and other chemicals.
“Making this technology truly viable will require real breakthroughs in basic science, and these efforts are important steps toward that goal.”